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Boy develops device to help detect silent heart attacks

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2017-07-14 16:15

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The device consists of a patch (a silicone membrane) that will help to detect an early heart attack. This represents the skin capillaries, and a drop of a solution of proteins albumin and FABP3 (a biomarker of heart attacks linked to cardiac ischemia) to simulate blood.

These heart attacks are sudden and appear to be asymptomatic. In these cases, doctors are unlikely to administer a crucial FABP3 blood test because of the lack of visible symptoms to warrant a diagnostic test.

Ankash created a cost-effective technique that can potentially be coupled with trans-cutaneous UV-protein quantification to non-invasively measure the amount of FABP3 in a patient's blood and alert him or her of a silent heart attack.

The technique involves frequently analysing the presence of FABP3 without puncturing the skin.
“FABP3 is one of the smallest proteins that can be present in blood, and is charged negatively (so it attracts to positive charges). I used these properties in this technique,” the inventor explained.

When a small potential of positive charge is applied to the model, FABP3 accumulates on dermal capillaries, which can then be detected by UV quantification, he said.
In this process, UV light is passed through the thin skin in which FABP3 is accumulated and a sensor detects the amount of protein there, based on the how much of the light was absorbed.

When positive electric potential is applied to a thin and translucent area of skin (the external ear), FABP3 is the only protein that attracts to the positive charge being the smallest and therefore the most sensitive protein that can be present in the blood. What follows next was the UV quantification process to determine the potential of a heart attack and consult the doctor beforehand, with immense potential to change the diagnosis method of cardiovascular disease.

This patch can be helpful for at-risk patients like diabetics, patients with abnormal cholesterol levels and other heart-related diseases.

The student was always passionate about science and aeronautics. He is now in the process of getting his invention patented. It took the student two years to invent this innovation.
"It will take one and half years to complete work on this invention. It is a huge process, and I will have access to the research labs at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru too," says Manoj, in the process of patenting his invention.

The medical product is likely to surface in 2018 at a cost of Rs 900.

The inventor wants the government to promote his invention and not the private industry, who he feels will kill it since it is cost-effective.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2tnffpu


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Akash Manoj, born in India, in 2002, is a student created a device to help detect silent heart attacks. Aksash was inspired to come up with this innovation after his grandfather died after having a silent heart attack.

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