Cuffless Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor In The Works

Posted: Jan 22 2018, 8:32am CST | by , Updated: Jan 22 2018, 9:16am CST , in Technology News


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Cuffless Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor in the Works

Omron showed off a the Omron HeartGuide wrist blood pressure monitor at the CES 2018.

I just went through a 24-hour blood pressure monitoring and it's not fun. A cuff around your arm gets pumped up every 15 minutes and you wear a walkman size device all day and night. Health tech company Omron showed off a Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor at the CES 2018 that looks like a smartwatch. Wrist-worn blood pressure monitors are common, but they are very bulky.

The Omron HeartGuide watch is still basically an inflatable cuff. The Omron HeartGuide has a flexible synthetic material five times stronger than steel to inside the watch band. Omron engineers miniaturized the pumps to fit them into a smartwatch. The oscillometric measurement, the inflation of a cuff to measure systolic and diastolic pressure, is still the only FDA-recognized standard for accurate, automated blood pressure measurement at home.

The Omron HealthGuide watch is going to FDA approval later this year, followed by a clinical test. If the wrist blood pressure monitor is likely not going to be released in 2018. Making measuring blood pressure more convenient is the holy grail. According to the latest standards, 103 million Americans are now in the hypertensive range.

A cuffless blood pressure measurement is possible with the Pulse Transit Time (PTT) method. Apple has filed a patent for PTT blood pressure measurement on the wrist last year. As mentioned above PTT is not FDA approved yet. Josep Solà i Càros at the Swiss CSEM, a private, non-profit Swiss research and technology organization, is working on a Cuffless Blood Pressure Monitor at the Wrist. He will present his work at the Wearable Technologies Conference 2018 in Munich on Wednesday, January 31.

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