An Indian teenager named Ashok Manoj has developed a mechanism that helps in early diagnosis of silent heart attack, a revolutionary innovation that can save millions of people suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

As many as 17.9 million people from all over the world die each year due to cardiovascular diseases, representing 31% of all global deaths – and making cardiovascular diseases as the number 1 cause of deaths, globally. And most of these people die of sudden strokes known as heart attacks, making it the biggest medical challenge that we face. Once such case was an Indian teenager Ashok Manoj’s grandfather, who was a diabetic and had high blood pressure – but was healthy and suddenly passed away after suffering from a silent heart attack.

Sudden death of grandfather prompted Ashok, a now-10th-grade school student from Tamil Nadu to find a solution to the problem, and he started reading medical science books since 8 class just for fun. After self-aided research, Ashok came up with a technique that can predict silent heart attacks which are a major fatal threat to millions of CVD patients. Titled as “Non-invasive self-diagnosis of the silent heart attack”, the method includes a no-piercing skin patch which will release small positive electrical impulse and will attract the negatively charged protein released by heart to signal heart attack – FABP3, a blood bio-marker of a heart attack. If the levels of FABP3 are high, the person must seek immediate medical help.

The technique has proved to be effective during a number of tests, and Manoj is now staying in Rashtrapati Bhawan under Innovative Scholars in Programme to research further in the topic. The teenager has also filed a patent and will tie-up with the department of biotechnology for the trail for his silent heart attack detection technique. And at a tender age of 15, he owns a visiting card that says “Researcher in cardiology”.