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.