University of Leicester's research team has developed a wrist worn device that gives accurate blood pressure readings. The research team is contending that the pressure readings of this new device would be much more effective than the arm cuff device. The device uses a sensor which analyses the arteries pulse waves for giving a perfect reading closer to the aorta. Professor Bryan William, University of Leicester's Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at Glenfield Hospital, said that "The aorta is millimetres away from the heart and close to the brain and we have always known that pressure here is a bit lower than in the arm.”
The blood monitoring watch device is small but in the coming days it will completely change the way blood pressure is monitored till now. Such ultrasmall device will be highly beneficial for the disaster management teams which perform critical rescue operations. The traditional arm cuff devise is not easy to carry that is why this new pressure monitoring device has intentionally been given a small light shape.
The research project of University of Leicester is being funded by Department of Health's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The vision of Department of Health and NIHR is to setup a an advanced Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary has said that “This is a great example of how research breakthroughs and innovation can make a real difference to patients' lives.”