How checking your pulse through your FINGER could detect risk of heart disease

  • New test helps to detect stiffness in the aorta which frequently leads to serious heart problems

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Checking the pulse in the finger could predict risk of heart disease, according to a study.

Researchers found that the finger’s pulse can measure stiffness in the aorta – a common risk factor for heart disease.

In the new procedure instrument called a transducer is placed on the finger or over the brachial artery, located inside the arm just beneath the elbow.

Magic touch: A test administered through the finger could help to detect an individual's risk of contracting heart problems

Magic touch: A test administered through the finger could help to detect an individual's risk of contracting heart problems

The read-out, combined with a person’s age and body mass index, lets doctors know whether the aorta has stiffened.

Currently, doctors have to record a pulse from the carotid artery in the neck and the femoral artery in the groin to check for a hardened aorta.

 

The finger test is easier to record and almost as accurate, said the University of Iowa’s Gary Pierce, whose work in developing the procedure was reported in the  American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

It also works better with obese patients, where an accurate femoral pulse is difficult to record.

Emergency: The innovative test could reduce the number of heart attacks

Emergency: The innovative test could reduce the number of heart attacks

Professor Pierce said: “The technique is more effective in that it is easy to obtain just one pulse waveform in the finger or the brachial artery.

‘It also can be easily obtained in the clinic during routine exams similar to blood pressure tests.’

As people can live for years without knowledge of existing cardiovascular problems, this new measurement tool is especially important, he said.

‘Finding simple non-invasive methods to measure aortic pulse wave velocity in the clinic may help physicians to better inform middle-aged and older adults about their level of cardiovascular risk.’

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I should ask what the treatment for stiff arteries actually is...?

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You can get an App for this - bugs45 , Laneham, 08:13 =================== It is not as accurate and reliable as a test. You can't expect a rushed through gimic to replace a tested medical device. I'm amazed so many people agreed with your remark.

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Scraping the barrel a bit for health articles DM? Why not ensure that such articles can actually be of use to and benefit your readers? It's like that article on the 10 key risk factors for heart attack. First was age, another was being male. Since then, I have made an effort to stop being my age and to stop being male. Thank you.

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i had one of these tests done at 43 as i'm an obese ex smoker..i came out as in the healthy 17-29yr old equivalent ..averaging as 23! love it :D

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A "transducer" is any device which converts a signal in one form of energy to another form of energy. Where do you get your science reporters?

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If your lucky enough to reach the age of 80 plus come back and read your comment. You might wished you never used these words I don't think the government could handle us all living forever, it's caused such a problem for them having so many adults living well into their 80's and 90's. I know I find it challenging with loads of them still on the road, wether it be in a vehicle or a scooter. - who turned the world upside down, West Sussex , UK., 7/9/2013 9:45

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I havent had a pulse in yrs. In fact, I havent had one in sooo long, I forget who gets tied up... They could have moved it on me and I wouldnt know where to look for it.

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I used to check my girlfriends pulse out with my finger and it does work

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...having so many adults living well into their 80's and 90's. I know I find it challenging with loads of them still on the road, wether it be in a vehicle or a scooter. - who turned the world upside down , West Sussex , UK., 07/9/2013 09:45------------At what age would you like them killed off or corralled into camps, so that your own life suffers no inconvenience from their existence?

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As a non medical person if I don't detect a pulse should I call a doctor?- Ian , Fareham, United Kingdom -------------------------------------------------------------- You could go buy yourself a pulse oximeter, which will show your pulse and O2 saturation from your finger. Hold your breath or inhale on a cigarette and watch the oxygen levels drop.

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