The Max Pulse is a cardiovascular screening device that informs doctors and patients as to the elasticity of their arteries (arterial compliance). The Max Pulse is non-invasive and uses a photo-electric finger clip which shines a light on the fingertip to detect the volume of blood in the fingertip. This technique is called photo-plethysmography, which means measuring the volume of blood using light. The Max Pulse is manufactured in South Korea by Medicore Co Ltd
Max Pulse Tests
The Max Pulse performs two important cardiovascular tests. The first test is the arterial stiffness test. The reason this test is so important is that patients often fall between the existing tests and do not get much in the way or warning as their cardio health declines. If you go to a doctors office, they will test your blood pressure and your cholesterol. But these results may under-state the situation with your cardiovascular health and in fact blood pressure and cholesterol are not a direct measurement of cardio health, only an indicator. As the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease show, these are not working well as an early warning. A more accurate test is getting a sonogram of the carotid artery in the neck. But this is rarely available at your family practice and the reality is that patients do not to and get a carotid sonogram periodically to check their arterial health. They rely on their doctor to do this. The Max Pulse test can be done in 1 minute, with a non-invasive finger clip that just sits on a patients finger and the test can be done each time a patient comes in. The report generated evaluates the patients arterial flexibility and gives a score of 1-7 with one the best and seven the worst. Also the report show the percentage of heartbeats that fell into each category. For example a patient might score a 2 because most heart beats are at that level. But if there are a lot of heart beat lower than that, then its well worth taking care and starting a program of improvement.
Testing Stress Levels
The second test measures heart rate variability and evaluates stress levels. This is really important because you stress level tells how you will deal with a cardio event. If you have a heart attack or other cardio event, you are more likely to die from it if you have high stress levels already. So having a machine that can quickly and non-invasively tell you if your arteries are hardening and also tell you if your stress levels are too high is a very important way to discover your risk levels well in advance of an actual heart attack or other cardiovascular failure.
Pflugerville Wellness does not have this machine on-site, if you would like to get this test, contact Long Life Cardio, TX for the location of the provider closest to you.
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