The idea for Pulse Wearables stemmed from a personal need in Richa's life:
‘‘For 12 years, ballet had been the one thing I was most passionate about. But when I was at the peak of my pre-professional training, I was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden death among athletes today. I was told I had a thickened heart muscle that increased the frequency of dangerous heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, at high levels of activity and that I had to stop all forms of intense physical training. The activity that I was so passionate about and that gave me the most adrenaline rush, all of a sudden posed a major risk to my life. My heart could have stopped beating any time I was dancing. I had to stop dancing altogether because I couldn’t tell when I needed to slow down.’’
When you bring three talented and ambitious teenagers together to solve a problem, you get an extraordinary team.
The Pulse Team came together at MIT Launch (now called LaunchX) in 2017 and has since been working hard to get their product in the hands of those whose lives we believe it can change.