Digital Pulsewave Analyzer
Digital Pulsewave Analysis was used over 130 years ago as an important part of the medical exam. Graphic methods for clinical pulse wave recording were introduced in the 1800’s. Due to software and more sophisticated devices, it is now possible to generate indexes of ventricular vascular interaction:
Digital Pulse Wave Analyzers can show the efficacy of lifestyle modifications, such as diet, exercise, supplementation and pharmaceutical drugs.
The Cardiovascular Wave Analyzer (CardioWA) tells a story about:
- The stiffness of the arteries which is displayed as a percentage in each of the 7 categories.
- The presence or absence of arrhythmia.
- The stress score which is a percentage assigned based on the individuals ability to handle stress and the amount of physical and mental stress measured.
- The balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
- The ejection of blood from the left ventricle during systole that initiates an arterial pressure wave that travels towards the periphery.
- How as the heart beats, pressure and flow pulse waves travel away from the heart and are reflected back toward the heart from the arterial system.
- The aging and disease states associated with an increase in cardiovascular events alter the physical characteristics of blood vessel walls and impair the pulsatile function of the arteries which can provides important prognostic and therapeutic information beyond that provided by traditional blood pressure measurements.
The CardioWA uses an infrared light sent to the fingertip and obtains pulse wave information with the light absorbing characteristics of Hemoglobin (the HbO2 of arterial blood). The medical terminology for this measurement method is Plethysmogram (PTG).
Our belief is that the use of the CardioWA can help caregivers reduce cardiovascular disease in their client populations through early detection and prevention, and ultimately assist to decrease the associated financial costs placed on the health care industry. Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer for both men & women in the United States with an estimated economic cost of over $300 billion.
Aging and disease states associated with an increase in cardiovascular events alter the physical characteristics of blood vessel walls and impair the pulsatile function of arteries. The pulsatile flow is defined (http://www.rwc.uc.edu/koehler/biophys/3d.html) as that portion of the cardiac cycle controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System which is the part of the nervous system that does not require the brain’s involvement in order to function. Impaired pulsatile function of arteries provides important predictive and therapeutic information beyond that provided by traditional blood pressure measurements. Accelerated Plethysmogram (APG) Waveform - The second derivative of PTG - an excellent method to evaluate the biological age of arteries.
Measurements With the CardioWA
1. Arrhythmia (Artifacts)
2. Heart Rate
3. HRV (Autonomic Nervous System regulation)
4. Waveform Explanation (7 levels of ageing)
5. Power Spectral Density (levels of SNS and PNS)
6. SNS/PNS Balance
7. Differential Pulse Wave Index (overall cardio health)
8. Eccentric Constriction (power – left ventricle)
9. Arterial Elasticity (circulation and vessel resistance)
10. RBV (blood in vessels after systolic)
11. Stress and your stress score (type and ability to handle)
Early detection of arterial wall elasticity and determination of biological arterial age.
Monitors effectiveness of therapeutic intervention
Monitors arterial wall response to lifestyles changes / reduction of cardiovascular risk factors
Non-invasive - uses a LED/Photodiode finger probe sensor.
The CardioWA is FDA 510 (K) cleared.
Lightweight and portable (4 lbs)
Software program to measures Arterial Stiffness and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in the same scan in either 3 or 5 minutes.
Software program will store all client information
Color printout data sheet when interfaced with user's computer/printer
Learn more about this cost-effective screening device which is easy to use:
Help your clients see the results and effects of compliance with your protocols.
Allow easy evaluation of the effectiveness of various approaches.