Prior to the draw, Nurses Ann and Pauline from Wexford General gave a demonstration of Pulse Casp which is able to measure accurately the Central Aortic Systolic Pressure (CASP), which is the blood pressure at the root of the aorta. CASP has been shown in many recent studies as an important determinant for strokes and other cardio vascular episodes. Normally to perform the measurement, a catheter must be inserted into the aortic root from brachial or femoral artery, which is obviously an invasive method and could result in complications, but pulse CASP is carried out by means of a BPro Analyser which is non invasive – a member of the group underwent the test with what looked like a normal blood pressure cuff! Aprint out is given which may be passed on to the GP.
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