Alicia Chong Rodriguez
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide—yet only one in three participants in cardiovascular research trials is a woman. As a result, Chong Rodriguez says, “the symptoms women experience”—shortness of breath and jaw pain—“typically aren’t the ones people watch for.” That’s why the Costa Rican entrepreneur designed a bra with built-in sensors that collect
data from the heart, analyze it for irregularities, and funnel vital information to a doctor. Chong Rodriguez, who’s getting her master’s at MIT, is currently beta testing the device, hoping to get it to market next year. “We want to give women peace of mind and help them live longer, healthier lives,” she says.