Leading health experts in Britain have hailed the development of a new blood pressure monitor that could be worn as a wrist watch and claimed that the device will revolutionize the blood pressure monitoring system in the country.
The device, which has been funded by the Department of Health and enjoys the backing of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, has been developed with a group of scientists from University of Leicester and Singapore.
It is worn in the same way as a wrist watch and measures the pressure in the biggest artery in the body, thereby providing a much more accurate reading than when measured in the traditional way. The watch is fitted with a sensor which records the pulse wave of the artery and feeds it into a computer, along with the reading taken in the traditional way.
"The beauty of all of this is that it is difficult to argue against the proposition that the pressure near to your heart and brain is likely to be more relevant to your risk of stroke and heart disease than the pressure in your arm. Within five years I think this is going to be used much more widely", University of Leicester's Professor Bryan Williams said.