High blood pressure, or hypertension, continues to be a leading health complication among women in the United States. For some women, the complication stems from an unknown cause and origin and does not appear to be related to any lifestyle choice, genetic pre-disposition or environmental factors.
In recent medical research, however, the risk for developing complications associated with hypertension have been found to possibly be linked to the development of abnormally small, narrowing or vasoconstricted arteries involved in the peripheral circulation. For this reason, finding a method in which to measure the narrow space of the peripheral arteries may provide for an additional method in which to find women who are at risk for developing hypertension later in life.
So, how does a healthcare professional propose to measure the narrowing of your peripheral arteries? Oddly enough, the measurement of the peripheral arteries can be achieved through an eye examination known as retinal photography. As a procedure that involves the measurement, calibration and examination of the retinal vessels and arteries, the retinal photographs are a relatively simple procedure to perform but require extensive medical evaluation, ultimately making this a rather inefficient test for hypertension.
When used in correlating the risk for hypertension in women, the findings of the initial medical research seem to support the increased incident of narrowing in the retinal vessels and arteries to the onset of hypertension. While every woman in the United States can not be evaluated for hypertension risk factors through this same retinal photography test, this medical research does seem to support the relationship between small artery narrowing, and vasoconstriction, to the potential risk of hypertension in women who are otherwise not at risk.
With this information, many medical supply and medical equipment companies are turning their focus the development of diagnostic tools which can be used to detect and confirm the vasoconstriction of the peripheral arteries. Once such a device is created, the variety of tests performed on women, as part of routine health screenings, may begin to include this additional testing of vasoconstriction in an effort to diagnose hypertension, or high blood pressure, complications in healthy women who are at risk, or even develop treatments in which to prevent this vasoconstriction, or narrowing, of the small peripheral arteries so as to reduce the number of women at risk.
While cardiovascular complications continue to be a leading cause of health complications for women, medical research continues to pave the way into development of medical technology and diagnostic tools to identify those women who are at risk for stroke without any other health complications.