Posted on 15/01/2013

Could Blood Pressure Cuff Slash Stroke Risk?

Could Blood Pressure Cuff Slash Stroke Risk?

New blood pressure cuff could cut stroke risk

A new blood pressure measuring cuff has been approved by the National Institute for Medical Excellence (NICE), which could help to detect a condition called Atrial Fibrillation, which is a significant risk factor in strokes.

Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the heart goes too fast to work effectively, leading to pooling of blood in the chambers, which can clot and lead to a stroke. Atrial Fibrillation affects around one in a hundred people in the UK and makes you four times more likely to have a stroke. However, if it is detected early enough, it can easily be treated.

NICE estimates that if the new blood pressure cuff was used regularly, particularly with patients over 65 who have high blood pressure, it would help around 400,000 people, and save the NHS around £26million in the process.

By checking their pulse, as well as their blood pressure, it is hoped that the new cuff, called the WatchBP Home A, will help detect Atrial Fibrillation as a matter of course in patients who show no other symptoms of the condition. This could help to prevent a large number of the 150,000 strokes that occur every year in the UK. Stroke is the third biggest killer in Britain, after heart disease and cancer, and can also have a devastating effect on the lives of those who survive, leading to a range of disabilities.

At Nottingham Rehab Supplies, we know how life changing a stroke can be, and we are delighted to hear of anything that lowers the stroke risk for patients. Meanwhile, we have a huge range of equipment and handy gadgets to help stroke victims to regain and maintain their independence following a stroke, including bathing aids and lifts, wheelchair ramps and a host of kitchen accessories to make life safer, easier and more convenient.

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