Measuring Blood Pressure Close to the Heart (SphygmoCor)
Blood pressure measurements are normally conducted with a so-called cuff rapped around the wrist or brachial artery. These measured readings can greatly differ from the central aortic pressure. Yet the risks and dangers of high blood pressure (stroke, heart attack, cardiac insufficiency) depend on the central blood pressure. That is why the risk of high blood pressure is sometimes overrated when measured by conventional blood pressure techniques on the arm. These patients are possibly treated with unnecessary medications. We carry out more precise measurements by means of the new SphygmoCor System. It enables us to conduct a simple and non-invasive pulse wave analysis of the aortic pressure close to the heart. With a sensor resembling a pen, we can calculate and display the pulse wave close to the heart by means of a computing program.