They do this by analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye. Then the company’s software is able to accurately deduce data, including an individual’s age, blood pressure, and whether or not they smoke.
All this can be then further used to predict their risk of suffering a major cardiac event eg an heart attack, with roughly the same accuracy as current leading methods.
However, this method will be needed to be tested more thoroughly before it can be used in a clinical setting.
Therefore the algorithm potentially makes it quicker and easier for doctors to analyze a patient’s cardiovascular risk, as it doesn’t require a blood test. Thus the capacity for it to save lives is hugely.