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Heart Rate Variability Analysis

Autonomic Nervous System Analysis or ANSA

The Heart Rate Variability Test/Analysis (HRV) depicts a visual representation of heart rhythm called rhythmography; which can graph the relationship between the two components of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).

This is your own unique response, and it gives the doctors at CCNM vital information about your heart’s electrical activity and how your ANS is functioning to control that activity at rest and under stress.

The more ‘stressed’ your system is, the more imbalance we will see between the Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest).

How Is Your Heart Math?

The body is in a continual state of breakdown and repair and needs to do both efficiently to maintain health. This test reflects the body's regulating process and can help determine one's overall degree of physical fitness, and current psychological and emotional states. Your nervous system must have strength in both the stressed and regenerative divisions to maintain optimal health. At CCNM the doctors believe that assessing a patient’s response to stress is a key factor in promoting optimal health, and the HRV test can detect early signs of the development of pathological processes or the presence of some functional disorder which may not be revealed by an ordinary physical examination.

The data for evaluation is gathered through computer monitoring of the R-R intervals using a chest strap sensor applied to the subject's body. First the patient lies down (supine position) for several minutes. Then, after a computer-generated signal (beep), the subject stands up and remains standing. This takes about 7-10 minutes and the results can be viewed immediately either on screen or as a print out. Your doctor will then be able to analyze and explain these results. It allows an overall view into the functioning of your nervous system. When used in conjunction with Computerized Regulation Thermography it can highlight which system or tissue is compensating the most for the imbalance detected by HRV.

When we repeat this test in the future we will be able to monitor improvement in your body’s ability to self-regulate in response to stresses.

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