NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1986
Reference Number: JSC-SO-107
Category: Health And Medicine
Origin: Spacelab 4 Mission
Engineering Development Laboratory developed a system for the cardiovascular study of weightless astronauts. This was designed to aid people with congestive heart failure and diabetes. While in space, astronauts' blood pressure rises, heart rate becomes unstable, and there are sometimes postflight lightheadedness or blackouts. The Baro-Cuff studies the resetting of blood pressure. When a silicone rubber chamber is strapped to the neck, the Baro-Cuff stimulates the carotid arteries by electronically controlled pressure application. Blood pressure controls in patients may be studied.
Page Number in Published book: 68
Manufacturer: ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY (EDL)