Daily checks of one’s cardiovascular function could be a gruelling to-do for one as it not only requires cooperation and commitment on the part of the patient but is a lengthy process in itself. Monitors have to be set up, the readings recorded, and then shared with physicians or caregivers. While electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors, blood pressure cuffs, and other technologies are readily available for at-home use, they are too often not used to their full potential due to matters or usability, ergonomics, and compliance by patients. So what is the better option?
A team from Rochester Institute of Technology has developed a toilet seat that can measure a host of important cardiovascular parameters while the patient uses the toilet. And guess what no one can ignore nature’s calls, and so it is virtually guaranteed that patients having one of these at home will be sure to be monitored quite regularly (if everything is regular).
The new toilet seat can perform a host of functions including measuring diastolic and systolic blood pressures, stroke volume, blood oxygenation, heart rate, heart rate variability, QRS duration, and corrected QT interval. The patient is also weighed, though that would require lifting the feet off the ground. So if you have been trying to lose weight this could be useful to track your progress.
The researchers already tested their toilet seat and compared the results to hospital-grade monitors, showing that their device’s ability to measure blood pressure, stroke volume, and peripheral oxygenation is not far off from the “gold standards”. Futurstic.
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