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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a public health concern due to both its pervasiveness and the significant risk of disability, stroke, or heart attack that can occur years after high blood pressure is detected. Furthermore, new pandemic statistics suggest that patients with hypertension experience greater health consequences of COVID-19, indicating that the condition is more circumstantially deadly. Occasional visits to a doctor's office, the most common method to measure blood pressure, only provide a snapshot of a person's blood pressure and are not an accurate characterization. This is because blood pressure can fluctuate based on daily changes to the user's environment, nutrition, and emotional state. There is then a need for a personal blood pressure monitoring device, that can increase the frequency of blood pressure measurement while mitigating negative environmental factors. These factors include white coat hypertension and masked hypertension. The MDMouse®, a computer mouse and vital sign monitor hybrid, aims to be an efficient personal device that accurately monitors blood pressure. The mouse will be used by the general public, particularly individuals in workplaces, to be a preventive healthcare device. The current iteration of the device suffers from attenuation in the signal ranges of pre-hypertension and hypertension (SBP>130mmHg), preventing accurate readings in the most critical measurement range. Our focus is mitigating the signal attenuation and increasing the reliability of hypertension detection.

Symposium Date

Fall 12-1-2012


hypertension, medical devices, COVID-19 (disease)


Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering

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MD Mouse: Integrated Blood Pressure Device