Deep Learning for Cardiologist-Level Myocardial Infarction Detection in Electrocardiograms

Arjun Gupta, Eliu Huerta, Zhizhen Zhao, Issam Moussa

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Myocardial infarction is the leading cause of death worldwide. In this paper, we design domain-inspired neural network models to detect myocardial infarction. First, we study the contribution of various leads. This systematic analysis, first of its kind in the literature, indicates that out of 15 ECG leads, data from the v6, vz, and ii leads are critical to correctly identify myocardial infarction. Second, we use this finding and adapt the ConvNetQuake neural network model—originally designed to identify earthquakes—to attain state-of-the-art classification results for myocardial infarction, achieving 99.43% classification accuracy on a record-wise split, and 97.83% classification accuracy on a patient-wise split. These two results represent cardiologist-level performance level for myocardial infarction detection after feeding only 10 s of raw ECG data into our model. Third, we show that our multi-ECG-channel neural network achieves cardiologist-level performance without the need of any kind of manual feature extraction or data pre-processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication8th European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference - Proceedings of the EMBEC 2020
EditorsTomaz Jarm, Aleksandra Cvetkoska, Samo Mahnič-Kalamiza, Damijan Miklavcic
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030646097
StatePublished - 2021
Event8th European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, EMBEC 2020 - Portorož, Slovenia
Duration: Nov 29 2020Dec 3 2020

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1680-0737
ISSN (Electronic)1433-9277


Conference8th European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference, EMBEC 2020


  • Biomedical engineering
  • Machine learning
  • Signal processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


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