As advances in artificial intelligence (AI) continue to revolutionize health care, results from a new national survey from the Cleveland Clinic reveal how Americans feel about AI’s emerging role in health care, out of five Three-thirds of Americans believe artificial intelligence will lead to better heart care.
Additionally, only one in five Americans (22%) has sought health advice from computer chatbots or other forms of AI technology, although 65% say they would be willing to receive heart health advice from AI technology.
The survey also looked at how Americans are using technology to improve their heart health, with 50% saying they use at least one technology to monitor their health. Daily steps are the most tracked health-related metric among Americans using such technology, followed by heart rate and calorie burn. Notably, one in four Americans (23%) say they use monitoring technology to find motivation and/or accountability to achieve daily activity goals.
“It’s encouraging that Americans are embracing the use of artificial intelligence technology and recognizing how it can benefit their heart health,” said Yasser Rodriguez, MD, an electrophysiologist at Cleveland Clinic in Florida. “As these tools become more widely available, we want our patients to know that it’s important to talk to their doctor for guidance and help using these tools.”
Survey results show that most Americans who use health monitoring technology experience significant physical and mental benefits. Four out of five users (79%) noticed positive changes in their physical or mental health.
“Wearable devices can monitor blood pressure and heart rate and detect abnormalities,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “Doctors can then determine if and when intervention is needed. Wearable devices can also be used to supplement individuals’ fitness plans, allowing them to set goals including frequency and intensity of exercise. These activities, combined with a healthy diet, can improve Heart health, minimizing the risk of heart disease and several other diseases, and improving quality of life.”
Other findings from the survey of people who use health monitoring technology include:
- 60% of Americans log daily steps.
- 53% monitor their heart rate/pulse.
- 40% of people track the calories they burn.
- 32% track blood pressure.
- 53% said they started exercising more regularly after using wearable technology to monitor their health.
- 50% of people take more steps per day than before.
- 34% are improving their eating habits.
- 27% prefer to find time to decompress and relax.
The survey is part of the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute’s “Love Your Heart” consumer education campaign in celebration of American Heart Month in February.Cleveland Clinic ranks No. 1 hospital in the nation for cardiology and cardiac surgery for 29 consecutive years U.S. News & World Report.
For more information, visit: clevelandclinic.org/loveyourheart
An online survey was conducted among 1,000 general Americans aged 18 and older. Respondents were nationally representative in terms of age, gender, region, education, household income, race/ethnicity, and urban/rural residence. Oversamples of African Americans and Hispanics were collected, totaling N=250 each. This online survey was conducted by Savanta and completed between November 10 and 21, 2023. The margin of error for the total sample is +/- 3 percentage points at a 95% confidence level.