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Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar

Grant-in-aid by Department of health research, MoHFW Development and validation of Non-laboratory-based screening tool to assess cardiovascular disease risk in Indians

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. Project aims to develop Non-laboratory-based screening tools for the timely assessment of CVDs, which have an advantage of being non-invasive, cost-effective and more accessible for the frontline health workers as well as the community members residing in remote and resource-scare settings.


Aim: Development of a validated non-laboratory-based screening tool for CVD risk in Indians.


  1. To develop validated non-laboratory-based screening tool, especially for Indians, to prevent cardiovascular diseases
  2. To reduce burden on secondary and tertiary care facilities through early identification system and timely preventive referrals.
  3. To undertake cost-effectiveness assessment of non-laboratory tool and propose a reduction in economic burden of disease screening on health system and patients with use of non-laboratory-based screening tools.

Expected Outcome: At the end of the research, if non-laboratory-based risk assessment can be shown to characterize CVD risk similar to laboratory-based approaches, then individual clinicians and national organizations can utilize simple risk scores to serve the same screening function (i.e., identifying high-risk individuals) in a more efficient manner.


Dr. Komal Shah r. Komal Shah – Principal Investigator Associate Prof. MSc, PhD, PDF
Dr. Deepak Saxena MBBS, MD, PhD, PDF Prof. and Registrar Co-PI

Project staff

1) Dr. Chinmoy Pandey, Research Associate, BPT, MPH

2) Dr. Chiranjivi Adhikari, Senior Research Fellow PhD Scholar, MPH

3) Bhavishya Solanki, Field Assistant, GNM Nursing

4) Viraj Desai, Field Assistant, B.A