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University of Leicester Changes the Face of Blood Pressure Measurement

By: Michael Plishka - Published: • References: healthstats & eurekalert.org
Researchers at the University of Leicester and in Singapore have developed a wristwatch-like device that senses the pulse and then mathematically models what the pressure is within the aorta near the heart.

These are more accurate measurements and they result from a more comfortable testing method, which then allow doctors to be able to create more effective treatments that are based on real-time data. This revolutionary method then averages an individual's blood pressure over a span of 24 hours, presenting a final number which is free of outliers such as increase in blood pressure over exercise.

Said, Professor Bryan Williams:
“I am under no illusion about the magnitude of the change this technique will bring about. It has been a fabulous scientific adventure to get to this point and it will change the way blood pressure has been monitored for more than a century. The beauty of all of this, is that it is difficult to argue against the proposition that the pressure near to your heart and brain is likely to be more relevant to your risk of stroke and heart disease than the pressure in your arm."

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