The application makes it easier to measure the vessels and it allows clinical staff to have more uniform information. At the same time, it is capable of determining characteristics that could imply a higher cardiovascular risk when the child reaches adulthood.
Paediatric patients undergo various non-invasive tests and all of them are interpreted together, giving as a result an approximation of what is happening in the children's vessels. "We analyse the pulse wave - its morphology, the wave speed - how fast the blood travels through the vessels and how it returns. But we also need to know if there is any change we can make to all these parameters to get more authentic information"
Another way to study the vessels is scanning the fundus with a non-mydriatic retinal camera, which is a non-invasive way to study the retina.
"We want to know the caliber and the branching angle of the retinal vessels because that information helps us to understand how the blood is circulating. The measurement of the branching angles and the characteristics of the vessels' caliber - if they are wider or narrower or if the branching angle is bigger or smaller, tells us if the child who has a different branching angle could have an increase in blood pressure over the years", states Lurbe.
For Valery Naranjo, scientific coodinator at the LabHuman of the Universitat Politècnica de València, the software "allows clinical staff to simplify these kinds of tests in their day-to-day work and it helps them to personalize patient care. This data is included in the overall assessment of the cardiovascular risk of the child".
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