The Life Vessel’s primary monitoring device is a heart rate variability (HRV) monitor developed by the ANSAR company. The ANSAR HRV unit is a technology developed by a group of more than fifty Harvard-affiliated cardiologists in 1984. This device provides a real-time, digital, quantitative, non-invasive measurement of one’s autonomic nervous system (ANS). It detects ANS dysfunctions/imbalances using a blood pressure cuff, computer and software developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is the only heart rate variability monitor that also measures respiratory activity – important because one’s heart rate and respiratory patterns reflect the amount of stress one is under.
The heart rate variability testing is the primary monitoring device for Life Vessel patients.
What is ANS Monitoring?
Autonomic nervous system monitoring is a fast, non-invasive, and simple way to provide your doctor with information to help him or her determine how healthy you are. Information is collected from an easy, painless test that can be done in your doctor’s office, a hospital or most Life Vessel Centers.
Why is ANS Monitoring Important?
It is important because the HRV unit provides an indication of how healthy you are overall. By taking this 15 minute, non-invasive test, a doctor can analyze a half-dozen critical body readings within your autonomic nervous system. Our HRV unit is unique in that the ANSAR HRV unit also measures respiratory activity – important contribution to one’s overall health picture.
What is Heart Rate Variability?
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is a measure of your heart’s ability to quickly respond to changes in your level of activity. Moderate variability is healthy. Too much or too little provides readings that cannot be provided with other kinds of diagnostic equipment.
What is the Autonomic Nervous System?
The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is one of two divisions of the human nervous system and mainly controls functions over which we have less conscious control. These include the digestion of food, blood pressure and heart rate. Its nerves leave the spine and connect to all the major organs and glands, either inhibiting or stimulating their activity.