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Under Pressure?

on January 25, 2013 - 11:00am

I am the first to admit it, but I am somewhat of a geek, especially when it comes to blood pressure problems, or hypertension.  I was first drawn in when I learnt in my physiology lectures about the Reverend Stephen Hales (shown in the picture), measuring arterial pressure for the very first time in the 18thcentury.  His technique involved placing a glass tube in a horse’s carotid artery.  This was a ‘one off’ measurement, as I don’t think he replaced the blood back into the horse!

Thankfully we now use indirect or non-invasive techniques to measure blood pressure in conscious cats.