CardiovascularIt’s no secret that cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the most common cause of death in the United States for more than 100 years. In fact, these days, this disease affects more than 81 million Americans. In order to detect early changes in heart health, you would need a specific type of test known as a Max Pulse Cardiovascular Assessment. This test takes only three minutes to complete but will provide you with a great idea of what your risk level is for having CVD.

While many people get a bit nervous when it comes to tests that assess their heart, the Max Pulse is an easy, painless, and non-invasive option that can measure the pulse waveform and heart rate to give your doctor a better idea of the following cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system factors:

  • Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
  • Wave Type
  • Eccentric Constriction (EC)
  • Atherosclerotic progress
  • Differential Pulse Wave Index (DPI)
  • Arterial Elasticity (AE)
  • Mean heart rate
  • Remaining blood volume (RBV)
  • Stress score
  • Stress levels

What Contributes to Heart Disease?

There are a number of different factors that can contribute to a person being diagnosed with heart disease. The following are some of the most common:

  • Age – The older you get, the more damaged and narrow your arteries can become, weakening your heart muscle.
  • Sex – Men are known to be at a higher risk of developing heart disease. On the other hand, women’s risk does increase after menopause.
  • Family history – If your relatives have suffered from heart disease, you could be at a great risk of developing it yourself.
  • Hormone imbalance – Often having an imbalance of hormones can lead to CVD as they can cause issues within every area of your body, even the heart.
  • Smoking – Nicotine constricts your blood vessels and carbon monoxide will damage the inner lining of your vessels as well.

How Can Rock Creek Wellness Help?

If you want to know whether or not you are at risk of developing heart disease, Rock Creek Wellness can help you. We offer the Max Pulse Cardiovascular Assessment in order to give our patients a better idea of the shape their heart is in. Contact us today to make an appointment with a member of our talented and caring wellness center staff.

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