Researchers at Lancaster University in the UK are working on a device that is designed to measure one’s overall health and could potentially be used as a routine diagnostic tool.
The Endotheliometer, which is being developed by Professor Aneta Stefanovska and Dr. Alan Bernjack, looks like a wrist watch and is designed to measure activity within the endothelium, the layer of cells that coat the inside of the body’s blood vessels.
The state of the endothelium can be indicative of the overall state of the body. The condition of the endothelium declines as people age, so the device can be potentially used to monitor one’s mortality and aging.
In an article on the university website, Professor Stefanovska said that the device can be used to give healthcare providers with enough information about one’s health and apply preventive measures against possible illnesses.
Endothelial function declines with age, and diseases such as heart failure and hypertension have associated endothelial dysfunction.
We can use it to check that the state of aging is within healthy limits and can try to prevent possible complications leading to serious impairment and cardiovascular disease.
The endotheliometer is non-invasive and painless to use and the researchers are hoping to develop it into a standard tool for monitoring health.
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