EAST LANSING, Mich. – Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a proof-of-concept blood pressure app that can give accurate readings using an iPhone. Their work was featured recently in Scientific Reports. “By leveraging optical and force sensors already in smartphones for taking ‘selfies’ and employing ‘peek and pop,’ we’ve invented a practical tool to keep tabs on blood pressure,” said Ramakrishna Mukkamala, lead researcher, in a statement. “Such ubiquitous blood pressure monitoring may improve hypertension awareness and control rates, and thereby help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and mortality.” The team is looking to have an app ready for market by late next year.
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