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Electronic pill predicts heart attacks

Electronic pill predicts heart attacks

Most of the heart attack victims can be survived if it is found early. The patients can be saved when they are taken to hospitals on time i.e. as soon as they are attacked by the heart stroke.

Here is an electronic pill that can be a life saver for the patients by predicting heart attacks 10 minutes prior to their occurrence.

Nihal Konan and Pujari Kiran Sai are engineering students from Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bengaluru.

Nihal was deeply affected by the death of his family members due to heart attack. Then, he decided to do something for the problem.


Both the engineers spent four years to develop an electronic pill, Aayush to predict the heart attack 9 to 11 minutes before the incident.

The electronic pill is fixed with ingestible micro-sized biomedical sensors. If you ingest it, it breaks separately and it releases the embedded integrated circuit (IC) chip.

The built-in virtual assistant can predict the heart attack. Then, it sends alerts to the family members and close by hospitals via GPS.

When ingested, the electronic pill records metrics such as body temperature, pH levels, heart rate and myeloperoxidase (MPO) protein content.

The MPO protein is secreted by white blood cells. It indicates inflammation and releases a bleach-like substance which can damage the heart.

The recorded metrics are transmitted like signals to a patch which is worn on the upper body and then to the mobile app. It is stored in the cloud and can be accessed by family members.

The ingested pill goes directly into the gastrointestinal tract, breaks separately and releases the IC chip.

An electronic current is generated when the gastrointestinal acids react with the metal electrodes. As a result, the sensors work.

Nihal and Pujari took suggestions from their mentors to develop the prototype of electronic pill.

The pill is in the clinical testing stage at present.


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