Nicole Buechler

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The Nightmare of Extracting and Interpreting Blood Pressure Data

Posted by Nicole Buechler on Mar 27, 2019 10:08:00 AM

 

Medical record data is full of hidden gotchas that a data professional can stumble into. My favorite example is Blood Pressure.

What Is Blood Pressure?

Blood Pressure is a measurement of force exerted by the heart on blood in order to move it through the body. It is a key indicator of heart health, made up of two measurements: Systolic Pressure (the pressure inside your blood vessels when your heart beats) and Diastolic Pressure (the pressure inside your blood vessels when your heart rests between beats). In its informative form, Blood Pressure is displayed to clinicians like this:

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Topics: Data, Engineering