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Amazing! Quite amazing!!

“Made in Mumbai, Wanted by the World” in the Hindustan Times speaks of a toffee- sized cardiac monitor developed at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (now called Mumbai). While the tiny computer that can store a week’s electrocardiogram (ECG) data awaits a manufacturer, it is already in demand.

The demand for a user-friendly cardiac monitor is urgent in India, where, as top cardiologist Devi Shetty puts it, ‘heart disease is like an epidemic.’ “Indians are genetically 3 times more vulnerable to heart attacks than Europeans,’’ Dr Shetty, chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya, told HT from Bangalore. “The average age of my patients in India is 45 years. Fathers bring their young sons for bypass grafting.”

Indians and South Asians are prone to a first heart attack at age 53, and the World Health Organisation estimates that 60 per cent of the world’s cardiac patients could be Indians by 2010.

When a user feels uneasy, he can press a locket button to ‘mark’ that data so a doctor can later scrutinise marked segments and check the heart’s activity before the irregularity. Connected to a cell phone, the locket can be programmed to send SMS containing marked data to a doctor. Software in the locket forwards the data to the mobile, which sends the SMS.

This project at IIT, Bombay’s Microelectronics Dept. is funded by Tata Consultancy Services.

It is heart warming ( no pun intended) to see such path breaking innovations taking place in our country.