From Cuff to Catheter to Postage Stamp – How we monitor the heart
That bulky cuff the nurse wraps around your arm allows a quick and non-invasive measurement of your blood pressure. Because it’s my heart, I never complain that the cuff is too tight and my arm aches as a result. I simply wait for the pulse to restart, the release of pressure, and the familiar words, “You’re 130/80,” my common result.
Now if I had a significant heart problem that needed to be monitored daily, not bi-annually, carrying around a cuff and pumping it up each hour on the hour would be cumbersome and problematic. I imagine it would be easy to “forget” under a busy schedule. But then why would you be placing your self under the stress of a busy schedule if you needed to monitor your heart? You wouldn’t! So something second best, like more frequent visits to the doctor’s office, would step into the problem.
What if there was a simple stick-on patch, about the size of a postage stamp, that you could place on your neck? It’s coming. Read more →