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Bangladeshi-British scientist develops device to check stroke

  • Published at 09:19 pm July 20th, 2018
Dr Rameen Shakur
Dr Rameen Shakur speaking at a conferenceCollected

Shakur, a clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge, said it is the only device in the world which allows for instantaneous viewing of the ECG when one wears it. Around 10-15 people can use the device daily

A British scientist of Bangladeshi origin has developed a device that is able to detect potential strokes by monitoring heartbeats, BSS reported citing a paper published in multiple British science journals.

Dr Rameen Shakur, a clinical scientist with expertise in cardiology, developed the world’s first heartbeat reading device, named Cambridge Heartwear, which is able to detect irregular and dangerous heart rhythms and reduce the impact of a stroke.

“The Cambridge Heartwear is hoping to increase detection of irregular and dangerous heart rhythms and reduce the impact of stroke with an innovative new monitoring device, coupled with cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms to make diagnosis in real time,” reads the Cambridge Science Park Journal.

At present, if a patient wants to take an ECG, he or she needs to use a device called a “Holter monitor.” It requires fixing 12 electrical leads on the patient’s chest, which is harmful.

“But Cambridge Heartwear can count heartbeat using a mobile app named ‘The Cloud’ for cardiovascular health without any side effects,” Shakur said, adding that it is comfortable to wear and an easy fit. 

Shakur, a clinical fellow at the University of Cambridge, said it is the only device in the world which allows for instantaneous viewing of the ECG when one wears it. Around 10-15 people can use the device daily.

The 36-year-old scientist said he was interested in introducing the device in Bangladesh as, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), stroke is the third leading cause of death in Bangladesh. The country is ranked 84 in the world for death caused by stroke.

In this connection, he sought infrastructural support from the Bangladesh government. “We need the help of the government so we can start the process of reaching the device to doctors and people,” he added.

Shakur, who was trained at Cambridge, Oxford and Edinburgh University medical schools, said stroke is a global problem, but people very often diagnose such rhythms only when someone has already had a stroke. “With this device, we can check stroke by reading any kind of irregularities in a person's heartbeat,” he added.