Hypertension kills nearly 10 million people annually worldwide and is the major cause of disability across the globe. In the majority of people with hypertension, blood pressure is inadequately controlled and if blood pressure was adequately lowered, many millions of deaths, strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular events would be prevented.
However, all assumptions relating to the diagnosis and management of hypertension are dependent on the accurate measurement of blood pressure
According to the International Diabetes Federation, in 2015, 415 million people worldwide (over 9% of the global population) are living with diabetes in 2015.
It has been estimated that one person dies from diabetes every six seconds and that 5 million deaths were caused by diabetes in 2015.
Pulse oximeters measure peripheral oxygen saturation. On average, one person in 15 has low oxygen saturation levels but this rate triples in obesity.
Pulse oximetry has also become an essential monitoring tool on high altitude expeditions.
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