3rd year student with The Department of Engineering.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality worldwide, causing 31% of all deaths in 2012. Valvular heart diseases are usually diagnosed by echocardiogram (an ultrasound scan of the heart). This, however, is not readily available in low income countries. A less expensive way of diagnosing valvular heart diseases is by listening to the heart using a stethoscope. However, in low income countries, patients often do not have access to a doctor to listen to their heart. We are building an intelligent stethoscope, capable of automatically analysing heart sounds, to improve diagnosis worldwide.