Is your Patients Autonomic System in Balance?

The autonomic nervous system (ANS), primarily responsible for involuntary functions like blood pressure, heartbeat and breathing, must be in balance for patients to live a healthy life.  Modern technology has afforded many opportunities to test for autonomic balance in a non-invasive, relatively quick way.

ANS assessments like heart rate variability and stress tests can all be completed with new critical care test equipment that breaks down important information in an intuitive, accurate way.  With information provided in the form of charts, graphs and rating scales, physicians can easily gauge whether or not a patient is experiencing autonomic dysfunction that could lead to health risks such as sudden death, silent heart attack, hypertension, vascular abnormalities, diabetic autonomic neuropathy or other hidden disease.

What Does Autonomic Balance Mean?

Autonomic balance means that the two branches of the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic and parasympathetic branch, work in harmony with one another.  When one pushes, the other pushes back so to speak.  For health reasons, it’s ideal for parasympathetic activity to “outperform” sympathetic activity.

Lawrence Wilson, MD, a nutrition consultant in Arizona, believes autonomic balance means having the ability to live a relaxed and fulfilling life.  He also believes that only a select amount of people are in balance.

“When the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are working as they should, the tendency is to rest often and easily.  One can, however, perform at ‘top speed’ with equal ease. When challenged by stress, the balanced person is able to respond with vigor and fortitude,” says Wilson.

With modern assessment equipment available today, it’s easier than ever to analyze the causes of imbalance.  With this kind of information, a regiment to achieving better balance can be created by the physician for the patient.  This equipment isn’t a treatment for imbalance, rather an efficient way of helping a physician develop an effective treatment for it.

Modern Equipment Gives Physicians and Patients Clear Direction

The modern equipment mentioned above is able to perform heart rate variability analysis, cardiovascular stress tests, ankle brachial index tests and a variety of other ANS-related assessments.

Because autonomic imbalance is all too common, assessments that offer physicians a clear direction of treatment are incredibly valuable.  Instead of relying on patients and outdated equipment to track improvements, state-of-the-art ANS tests can do this in an accurate, comprehensive manner.

With this new critical care testing equipment, a world of opportunities opens up to help patients live healthy lives and reach autonomic balance.

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