3-D printed smartphone device reads blood pressure anywhere, researchers reported Wednesday. For years, plenty of engineers have been trying to develop a more modest device for monitoring blood pressure.
Now, researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Maryland have found a way for even the busiest people to keep an eye on their number. A smartphone device allows people to easily measure their blood pressure anywhere and anytime.
According to researchers, a blood pressure sensor can be integrated into a smartphone to measure the number which will only require the press of a fingertip. The device is very easy to learn, the team reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine. It has the ability to measure blood pressure and will allow people to catch hypertension very soon, said Ramakrishna Mukkamala, a biomedical engineer at Michigan State, in East Lansing, who led the study.
Hypertension can cause health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and even kidney failure.
Blood pressure monitoring is difficult while simple things like drinking a coffee or being stressed can give incorrect measurements.
Researchers have been trying to make cuffless devices to measure blood pressure easily but they failed.
Michigan State’s Anand Chandrasekhar and colleague said, “The smartphone-based device showed blood pressure measurement accuracy similar to the finger cuff device with respect to the standard arm cuff device.”
“People are more apt to use a blood pressure monitor if it’s embedded in a smartphone—a device the average adult is already using 2.5 hours a day,” said Ramakrishna Mukkamal.