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Cuffless Single-Site Photoplethysmography for Blood Pressure Monitoring

Hosanee, M., Chan, G., Welykholowa, K. , Cooper, R., Kyriacou, P. A. ORCID: 0000-0002-2868-485X, Zheng, D., Allen, J., Abbott, D., Menon, C., Lovell, N. H., Howard, N., Chan, W-S., Lim, K., Fletcher, R., Ward, R. & Elgendi, M. (2020). Cuffless Single-Site Photoplethysmography for Blood Pressure Monitoring. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(3), article number 723. doi: 10.3390/jcm9030723


One in three adults worldwide has hypertension, which is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Consequently, there is a global demand for continuous and non-invasive blood pressure (BP) measurements that are convenient, easy to use, and more accurate than the currently available methods for detecting hypertension. This could easily be achieved through the integration of single-site photoplethysmography (PPG) readings into wearable devices, although improved reliability and an understanding of BP estimation accuracy are essential. This review paper focuses on understanding the features of PPG associated with BP and examines the development of this technology over the 2010–2019 period in terms of validation, sample size, diversity of subjects, and datasets used. Challenges and opportunities to move single-site PPG forward are also discussed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: photoplethysmogram; photoplethysmography; PPG signal; hypertension assessment; hypertension diagnosis; blood pressure measurement; digital health; digital medicine; wearable technology; wearable devices; pulse oximetry; biomedical engineering; biomedical signal analysis
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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