Phone App That Accurately Monitors Blood Pressure
A new hardware and a smartphone app which can measure BP(Blood Pressure) accurately is developed by researchers.
The lead author of the study published in the journal ‘Science Translational Medicine’, Anand Chandrasekhar said “We were excited when we validated this location. Being able to use your fingertip makes our approach much easier and more accessible.”
The team of scientists from (MSU) Michigan State University also found a new and more convenient measurement point. The team discovered, measuring BP on fingertip arteries was very easy and exact.
Anand Chandrasekhar, PhD student at MSU ,said also that “We targeted a different artery, the transverse palmer arch artery at the fingertip, to give us better control of the measurement.”
Raised blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths per year worldwide, about 12.8% of the total of all deaths,according to the WHO. Raised blood pressure also include heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, renal impairment, retinal hemorrhage and visual impairment.Treating systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure until they are less than 140/90 mmHg is associated with a reduction in cardiovascular complications.
How Does The App Work :
The app uses two sensors, one is optical, and another is force. The optical sensor lies on top of the force sensor in a compact unit housed in a one centimeter-thick case attached to the back of the phone. Users turn on the app and press their fingertip against the sensor unit. With their finger on the unit, they keep the phone at heart level and watch the screen to ensure they are applying the correct amount of finger pressure.
The new phone app gives patients an advantageous alternative.Keeping a log of day by day estimations would deliver an exact BP average.
Thinking that the incorporated sensor that measures pulse and oxygen saturation found on the back of some smartphones might need new medical updates, including blood pressure measurement.
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