Sphygmocor (A new diagnostic system approved by FDA)
It is used as a basic tool in preventine cardiology program in their vascular lab to measure the stiffness of the arteries. Dr. Ayaz Akbar Bhangi, Chairman MD AM (Italy) DAC, MACCG, C.O.T (Canada) Consultant Preventive Cardiologist, Chelation and Bio-Oxidative Therapist has imported this equipment from Australia to do research and study on Indian hearts to help people to be aware of their Cardiac status and adopt preventive measures if needed.
Hearts Disease affects more people than any other disease or illneness, and can develop without any symptoms. Some people may not be aware of heart disease until they suffer an attack, stroke or other health problems.
A growing number of cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure and aging - have been linked to heart attack, stroke and heart failure. These risk factors often lead to stiffer arteries, which increases the work load of heart.
Blood Pressure Pulse Wave Analysis assists your doctor in assessing your heart and arteries. Blood pressure measured in your arm is not the same as the blood pressure at your heart. Pulse Wave Analysis determines the blood pressure at your heart and gives your doctor valuable information about the interaction between your heart and arteries. This new technique therefore complements the conventional blood pressure cuff and provides additional information on cardiovascular health.
What do the measurements mean?
Augmentation Index (AIx) is a measure of the stiffness of your arteries. High cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and aging can all make the arteries stiffer. As the arteries become stiffer the heart has to work harder to pump blood.
Ejection Duration (ED)
During each heart beat, the heart first contracts to pump blood into the arteries and then relaxes to get filled. The Ejection Duration is the time the heart spends pumping. When the heart spends a shorter time for pumping,there may be problems with the ability to pump enough blood. A longer than normal pumping time may result in problems with the ability of the heart to relax and get filled with blood.
Subendocardial Viability Ratio (SEVR)
When the heart is getting relaxed, its muscle is supplied with oxygen for energy. When the heart is contracting and pumping, this energy is being used. The SEVR is a measure of the ability of the arterial system to meet the heart's energy requirements. As this ratio decreases the heart has less energy reserves available and may have a lower tolerance for physical activity.
How are the measurements collected and used?
The test is simple and painless, taking only a few minutes perform.
The patient is asked to sit or lie down in a comfortable position. The nurse or doctor then places a pencil-like sensor gently against the patient’s wrist and records the blood pressure signal from the pulse. From this recording, the Pulse Wave Analysis system calculates the pressure waveform at the heart and will provide the physician vital cardiovascular measurements such as Alx, ED and SEVR.
Your doctor uses these data to assist in making decisions on whether treatment is needed and if so which treatment option suits best.
Heart disease can be treated using a combination of diet, exercise and medicines. It is important for the treating doctor to see how the cardiovascular assessment changes in response to treatment.
What a patient should be aware of?
The first step toward improved cardiovascular health is understanding ones cardiovascular risks. The patient should discuss with the doctor about whether Pulse Wave Analysis will be of benefit to the patient.
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