Wallet-Sized Cardiac Care

A credit card-sized electrocardiogram (ECG) could expedite heart care for millions in India, where cardiovascular disease is the leading killer and prohibitive costs limit access to care.

The Sanket ECG appeared on Amazon India last year for $200 a pop. A study found its efficacy at diagnosing cardiac problems is on par with cumbersome hospital ECGs that can top $3,000.

Thumbs are pressed onto a metallic sensor, and ECG graphs are generated on the SanketLife app.

The device itself has huge potential in rural villages where doctors are woefully scarce—but the main hurdle of internet connectivity remains.

Pacific Standard

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