Hypertension & Hemodynamic Monitoring

First, let’s answer some questions:

What is hypertension?

Blood pressure is the exertion of blood against the walls of the body’s arteries, i.e., the major blood vessels in the body. Hypertension occurs when blood pressure measurement is too high. (1)

Blood pressure is written as two numbers, one on top of the other – systolic and diastolic.
The top number (systolic) represents the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart contracts or beats. The bottom number (diastolic) represents the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart rests between the beats.

Hypertension is diagnosed when it meets the measurement criteria on two different days – when the systolic blood pressure readings on both days are ≥140 mmHg and/or the diastolic blood pressure readings on both days are ≥90 mmHg.

What is Hemodynamic Monitoring?

Hemodynamic monitoring examines blood flow through the cardiovascular system (the heart and blood vessels). The primary function of the cardiovascular system in our body is to bring blood carrying oxygen and other nutrients to cells and tissues in the body.

The purpose of hemodynamic monitoring is to maintain tissue perfusion. Classical hemodynamic monitoring is based on the invasive measurement of systemic, pulmonary arterial, and venous pressures and cardiac output. (2)

Classic methods are problematic for the outpatient and outside the ICU, so there is a pervasive need for a reliable hemodynamic monitoring tool.

NICaS, our non-invasive, easy-to-use hemodynamic and fluid management solution brings the accuracy and reproducibility of an ICU-level device to outpatient care.

How can NICaS help?

NICaS is a non-invasive, easy-to-use hemodynamic and fluid management solution that enables the treating physician (from ICU to primary care) to understand the cause of a patient’s hemodynamic instability.

It provides the caretaker (physician, np) with much-needed parameters such as cardiac output, stroke volume, total peripheral resistance, total body water, and more (Technology page). The precise metrics of these parameters enable your treating physician to better understand your heart’s condition, vascular system, and fluid status.

What is a hemodynamic test?

A hemodynamic monitoring test can give your provider information about what’s causing your symptoms, such as fainting. Images from your test will tell your provider how much blood your heart can pump and how well your blood travels through your blood vessels. They can identify problem areas and create a care plan to address them. (3)

How to get started with NICaS?

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  1. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/hypertension
  2. “Hemodynamic monitoring” L M Bigatello 1, E George. Minerva Anestesiol. 2002 Apr;68(4):219-25.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12024086/
  3. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diagnostics/17094-hemodynamic-test

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