According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease including hypertension, stroke and Coronary Heart Disease remains as the Number 1 cause of death in the United States. Statistics reveal about 630,000 Americans die from heart disease each year.
However, this number can decrease if we take the right steps to ensure the health of our hearts.
Common Causes of Cardiovascular Disease
Damage to the inner layers and lining of the heart arteries can lead to coronary heart disease. The numerous causes for this damage include:
- High amounts of fats and cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Increased sugar levels due to insulin resistance or diabetes
- Blood vessel inflammation
- Smoking (including second-hand smoke)
Damage caused to the major arteries can lead to plaque buildup, which can then harden or rupture. If there is an increased buildup, this can reduce the flow of blood to the heart, which can then lead to severe chest pain called angina. However, if there is plaque rupture, blood platelets that stick to the injury can clump together to form blood clots, which then narrow the arteries. If the increased blood clot blocks the artery, that can lead to a heart attack.
Max Pulse Evaluation
As an FDA, Class II medical device, the Max Pulse is a state-of-the-art cardiovascular screening device that allows you to determine your level of cardiovascular risk. The device makes use of pulsewave analysis technology that follows the pulsewave of your blood from the second it leaves your heart and travels through your blood vessels, all the way to your finger.
This technology takes a photographic screenshot of your cardiovascular system and determines whether you suffer from any symptoms of atherosclerosis (plaque buildup).
By using a simple, non-invasive finger probe that is completely painless, the Max Pulse tracks various cardiovascular system factors such as:
- Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
- Differential Pulse Wave Index (DPI)
- Eccentric Constriction (EC)
- Remaining Blood Volume (RBV)
- Arterial Elasticity (AE)
- Stress levels
- Stress Core
- Mean heart rate
Analysis of these autonomic nervous system factors indicates the condition of your overall cardiovascular health, contraction power, mental stress, physical stress, resistance to stress and the process of blood circulation as well as remaining blood in the vessels after contractions of the heart.
Max Pulse professionals at Well Life Family Medicine are experienced at providing therapy and information about protocols so you may better understand test results. For those at a higher risk, practitioners recommend follow-up screenings with the Max Pulse to track their process.
The Max Pulse is a great instrument for measuring and monitoring process patient status before and after diagnosis. Positive changes may occur if you follow the right diet regime and lifestyle to reflect your health goals.
Our office provides the Max Pulse screening to all who want to live a healthy, productive life. Don’t forget to inform others about this effective method of monitoring heart health.