Swiss scientists have developed a new wearable monitor — about the size of a wristwatch — that can track blood pressure as accurately as the standard pressure cuff used by doctors worldwide.
The device, developed by company STBL Medical Research AG (STBL), could revolutionize the way people with high blood pressure track their condition and improve the effectiveness of treatment by providing an easy way to monitor it.
"This measuring device can be used for medical purposes, for example as a precaution for high-risk patients or for treating high blood pressure, but also as a blood pressure and heart rate monitor for leisure activities and sports as well as for monitoring fitness in high-level sports," said Michael Tschudin, co-founder of STBL, who sees great potential for the device.
High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Fewer than half of individuals with the condition measure their blood pressure regularly — in part because of the cost and cumbersome procedures now required to measure it, according to the WHO.
The new device would allow blood pressure measurements to be taken quickly and easily, outside of a doctor’s office or hospital.
The researchers said clinical trials are currently under way to test the best uses for the new monitor.
"The sensor will be cheaper than existing 24-hour monitoring devices, such as those currently used in hospitals," said Tschudin.
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