So, what do I learn from having a SmartPulse test performed?
SMARTPulse is a portable device, similar to an Oxygen Saturation measurement unit, developed to be used both in and out of medical centers. It is a known fact that heart disease is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States. Regrettably heart disease, in its early stages, is handled with general recommendations regarding diet and exercise and usually only evaluated seriously after a person presents with elevated blood pressure (hypertension) or some other catastrophic health crisis.
The SmartPulse allows a simple, less than five minute evaluation of the cardiovascular system, autonomic nervous system, the status of a person’s stress, blood circulation and small changes in heart rate, all in order to provide the user with, if you will, a heads-up on potentially damaging tendencies. The goal of such an instrument is to assist the individual or provider with insight as to current status, as well as tracking improvement over time with specific targeted nutritional intervention. The test should ideally be performed approximately every three months.
What Information Does the Test Specifically Offer?
First you will notice it provides an average of your Heart Rate as the testing was being performed. Should the program capture Ectopic Beats (also known as cardiac ectopy (a disturbance of the cardiac rhythm frequently related to the electrical conduction system of the heart, think pacemaker), that will be noted…significant numbers of such beats could suggest a Cardiology consult might be in order.
Continuing down the left side of the page, you will note reference to the Autonomic Nerve Balance, showing Parasympathetic in Blue and the Sympathetic in red. This system controls the non-conscious functioning of your body, such as breathing, heartbeat, digestion, etc.. Balance between the two would be the ideal. The Parasympathetic system is sometimes referred to as the “rest and digest”/”feed and breed” portion; whereas the Sympathetic is often thought of as the “fight/flight” mechanism, the quick response to survival of the organism. You can see where it would be unhealthy if one system were routinely significantly dominant over the other.
Top right side of the page shows the Arterial Health Analysis, with 7 levels or types. These types progress from Type 1-Excellent to Type 7-Very (Very) Bad. Of course, we all prefer to be Type 1. Your TYPE, as summarized at the bottom of the page, is based on where your highest rating is found on the chart.
Let’s consider the other ratings:
Eccentric Constriction – refers to the left ventricle’s ability to pump blood effectively.
Arterial Elasticity – identifies the ability of the arteries to expand and contract… opposite of stiffness-also known as: Atherosclerosis
Remaining Blood Volume – a heart contraction should result in full emptying, lack of full emptying is associated with heart failure.
It is recommended to take M3 (Nitric Oxide) for three months per each level above TYPE-1.