BioCUFF Arterial Stiffness BP Monitor is a simple way of assessing both your blood pressure condition and your arterial flexibility; plus, you can use the BioCUFF™ in the comfort of your own home because you simply attach the device to your arm just like an ordinary blood pressure cuff.
BioCUFF provides a series of metabolic indicators that you can use to improve your lifestyle and so help to prevent the causes of cardiovascular disease. We all know the risks of being overweight, of having high cholesterol or suffering from high blood pressure. We also know how to reduce those risks – by exercising more, not smoking, reducing our alcohol intake and eating a balanced diet.
BioCUFF works by evaluating your arterial flexibility, which experts say is one of the most important risk factors when it comes to assessing the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke. Arteries are important because they’re responsible for blood flow around your body via your cardiovascular system. To work properly, it’s crucial that your arteries are kept healthy.
Diastolic blood pressure
Systolic blood pressure
The heart rate
Vascular condition – which linked to arterial flexibility. Few of us know about the hidden dangers of arterial inflexibility, or how to measure it. This is where the BioCUFF™ is unique being as it is the first at-home device able of delivering this information to you within minutes.
The poorer your vascular condition, the greater your chances of serious health issues
Our arteries usually stiffen with advancing age. This brings with it a greater risk of a potentially fatal heart attack, heart failure or stroke, as is shown in figure 1.
Figure 1: Arterial stiffness is a biomarker of aging, as shown here arterial stiffness tends to increase with age. Source: Millasseau et al., Clinical Science, 2002
You may not recognise the heart failure symptoms as your arteries begin to stiffen
Unfortunately arterial stiffness can occur without warning. Often there are no symptoms of cardiovascular disease and people don’t suspect they are in danger until they suffer an attack. Figure 2 highlights that arterial stiffness is strongly correlated with mortality.
Figure 2: Three groups (each approximately 80 persons) were monitored over 140 months for their survivability. Those in the flexible artery groups (marked as PWV <9.4 m/s and 9.4-12.0 m/s) survive best losing approx. 25%. But those in the hard artery group (marked as PWV >12.0 m/s) 90% of them die in the same period. Source: ESRD, Blacher et al. Journal of Circulation, 1999