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A novel method for simultaneously measuring blood pressure and arterial stiffness

Date: 15.2.2012 

Arterial stiffness due to is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease but is very difficult to measure. It also can influence blood pressure readings since these rely on the time taken for arteries to return to normal volume and flow after compression. A new method for measuring arterial stiffness has been reported in BioMed Central's open access journal BioMedical Engineering OnLine. This simple, non-invasive, calculation is able to interpret standard oscillometric measurements to quantify both arterial stiffness and blood pressure simultaneously.

More information: Non-invasive assessment of arterial stiffness using oscillometric blood pressure measurement, Hidehiko Komine, Yoshiyuki Asai, Takashi Yokoi and Mutsuko Yoshizawa, BioMedical Engineering OnLine (in press)

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