This 17-Year Old Built a Device That Detects Silent Heart Attacks

After losing his grandfather at 13 years old to a silent heart attack, this young man waged "a war" on the deadly condition.
Loukia Papadopoulos

TED talks are often inspirational and moving while conveying an important message. This one has all that and some.

The talk is about a young man, just 17 years old, who lost a grandparent at 13 years old and decided to do something about it. More specifically, in his own words, Akash Manoj decided to go "on a war" with this deadly condition.

"You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old inventor Akash Manoj shares the device he's developed to stop this silent killer: a noninvasive, inexpensive, wearable patch that alerts patients during a critical moment that could mean the difference between life and death," reads the video's description.

The talk is a must-watch. Manoj goes through all the stats you need to know and then introduces his device. Most of all, Manoj inspires us to do more and be better.

If this young man could conceive of such a useful tool at such a young age what might we achieve? Watch the video and be both educated and inspired!

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