Why should we develop a smart blood pressure monitor.
Health professionals confirms that a succesful inovation will have a huge market potential due to the limitations in the present blood pressure sensors and the high number of people that need regular blood pressure measurements.
State-of-the-art BP measurements are unsatisfactory as they are limited to intermittent measurements (3-4 per hour). The inflatable cuff around the upper arm may cause stress and pain, which thereby introduces error in the measurements.
Raised blood pressure is a condition affecting 1.5 million Norwegians, and is the most important risk factor for early death. The condition causes approx. 12.8% of all deaths.
The blood pressure monitor can also be used in research of various heart disease, as it provides continuous measurement and ability for thorough analysis / understanding of diseases with difficult regulated blood pressure.