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Engineering Minute – Wearable device detects preeclampsia risk

wearable device detects risk of serious pregnancy complication

Researchers at Perdue University are working on a wearable device and an app that can detect whether a pregnant woman is susceptible to preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication that can threaten the health of the mother and her unborn child. Using a simple method called the supine pressor test, the wearable device measures whether a woman's blood pressure increases when she changes position from laying on her left side to laying on her back. If the patient's diastolic pressure increases to a certain point, it indicates they are at risk for preeclampsia. The results of the test are sent to the woman's doctor, via the app, where they can suggest treatment options as early as possible. Learn more about this wearable device at Perdue University.

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