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Scientist develop a credit-card sized, personal ECG monitor

Heart-related diseases are increasing rapidly on a daily basis in India. Around 7-13 per cent of the total population in urban areas and about 2-7 per cent of the total population in rural India is suffering from some form of cardiovascular diseases. Augmenting the effect of these diseases is an overtly long and tiresome process of detection, in the form of Electrocardiography (ECG), for the common man and woman. Ideal convention dictates that patients with a heart ailment should get their ECG done in less than an hour, but in India, the whole process can take up to 6-7 hours.

Neha and Rahul Rastogi, founders of Agasta software, have found a solution to this problem which might turn this procedure from a long, complicated, medical procedure to a simple, everyday step for any individual. The solution comes in the form of Sanket, a credit-card sized device which can simplify an ECG manifolds.

SANKET: Personal ECG monitor
SANKET: Personal ECG monitor

With the device, the patients just have to place both their thumbs in the provided glass slots and 15 minutes later, they can have their ECG reports on their phone. The reports can, further, be sent to their doctors for consultation, and measures can be taken depending upon one’s condition. This device not only decreases the time of an ECG measurement, but it will also help people in differentiating between serious heart diseases from mild pains that arise due to gastric issues. Also, functioning with a 98% accuracy, Sanket will help doctors in measuring and keeping a record of their patients through a mobile application.

The device, which was launched in August, has found considerable appreciation from many factions of the society. And with ten samples sold in just two days of its release, SANKET is all set to revolutionize our cardinal healthcare system.


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