Greater Diagnostic Accuracy in Pulse-Wave Velocity Measurement

The Austrian research institute AIT Austrian Institute of Technology has in cooperation with German industrial partner IEM developed a 24-hour device to measure blood pressure that basically provides a more-exact diagnosis of high blood pressure than previous blood-pressure measurement devices. Hundreds of the devices are already in daily use and give general practitioners as well as institutes significant advantages in the early detection of cardiovascular illnesses. International scientists addressed and discussed the current status of procedures for better early recognition of risk and optimal therapies for high blood pressure at Vienna Tech Gate in Vienna. Although heart and circulatory-system illnesses are still the most-common cause of death worldwide, only half of such deaths can be explained by classic risk factors. The relatively recent research area of bio-mathematics plays a central role in development of innovative diagnostic procedures. AIT scientists developed a procedure in that regard to determine one’s state of health with numbers without the need to perform experiments on patients. AIT has succeeded in developing a technology that is simple and provides exact information about blood pressure in the heart for 24 hours without open-heart measurements. It makes rapid and appropriate treatment and recovery of patients possible. With this innovative generation of blood-pressure measurement devices, it has become possible to perform the very important analysis of pulse-wave velocity with a simple upper-arm cuff (or pressure sleeve) that has resulted in new software more or less replacing traditional blood-pressure measurement devices. Hundreds of the devices are already in use and give general practitioners as well as well-known institutes significant advantages in the early detection of cardiovascular illnesses. AIT Austrian Institute of Technology received a research prize for that development at the end of 2010.

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