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. Not even when my arm aches as a result. I simply wait for the pulse to restart, which means the release of pressure. Then come the familiar words, “You’re 130/80,” my common result.
Now if I had a significant heart problem that needed to be monitored daily, carrying around a bulky cuff for hourly testing would be cumbersome. I imagine it would be easy to “forget” such a problematic routine under a busy schedule. But 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 →