Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
HRV evaluates the balancing act between the sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight) and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). An imbalance in HRV is the #1 risk factor for sudden cardiac death. The simple hand electro-sensor test provides a report on the balance between your heart and nervous system in minutes. HRV shows the effects of acute and chronic stress.
Pulsewave Analysis (Accelerated Plethysmography)
Using a finger clip, the blood’s pulse wave is followed from the time it leaves the heart and travels through the blood vessels down to the finger. The pulse wave is a snapshot into the cardiovascular system and evaluates arterial elasticity (arterial stiffness), which is related to atherosclerosis. Arterial stiffness is a major cardiovascular risk factor. There is strong scientific evidence supporting the use of plethysmography as a diagnostic and prognostic tool for cardiovascular disease and peripheral vascular disease (including primary and secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon).
The Sudomotor Test is useful in assessing: imbalances in the nervous system, peripheral neuropathies (e.g., tingling or loss of feeling in the feet), some types of pain disorders and other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and Raynaud’s Syndrome (cold hands and feet). The test requires mild stimulation to the sweat glands. Patients with sudomotor dysfunction typically have decreased sweating in the feet, but excessive sweating in the upper body. The Sudomotor Test assesses the early presence of sudomotor dysfunction, it’s relation to glycemic control and peripheral nerve function. The test also provides information that determines a high risk of cardiovascular disease, due to metabolic risk factors.