Manoj, a class tenth student from Tamil Nadu has developed a new technique that can non-invasively detect the risk of a silent heart attack – something that can save many lives in rural areas
President Ram Nath Kovind has awarded Akash Manoj, a 16 years old student who has developed a device to detect silent heart attacks 6 hours before they actually occur. Manoj, a class tenth student from Tamil Nadu has developed a new technique that can non-invasively detect the risk of a silent heart attack – something that can save many lives in rural areas. Manoj, who was awarded a gold medal by the President, also stayed at Rashtrapati Bhavan as a guest under “Innovation Scholars In-Residence Programme”. Manoj said that silent heart attacks are extremely deadly and alarmingly common these days. He pointed out that almost no symptoms are evident and thus the people at risk look healthy, giving an illusion of normalcy. “My grandfather also looked healthy but one day he collapsed following a sudden heart attack,” he said. The unfortunate demise of Manoj’s grandfather served as an impetus for him to develop his prototype that was exhibited at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The unique technique developed by Manoj involves frequently analysing the presence of FABP3 – a blood biomarker of a heart attack – without puncturing the skin.