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...

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Heart Rate Variability: The Most Reliable Indicator of NAD

Image of: HRV measurement and EKGTo understand why heart rate variability (HRV) is incredibly useful for preventing disease and early mortality, it’s important to know exactly what HRV and Nonspecific Adaptation Deficit (NAD) are.  If you’re a medical professional, you may already know what each of these are and the connection they have to one another.  However, if you’re new to health monitoring or exploring new services for your private practice or medical center, HRV and NAD are worth exploring

What is Heart Rate Variability?

There’s no secret to the basic concept of HRV.  It’s simply the variation of heart beat intervals and the measurement of the succession of these variations.  Modern health monitoring equipment like the critical care test is used to produce a comprehensive and user-friendly output of informatio...

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Things You Can Learn from a Cardiovascular Fitness Test

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You may have done a simple cardiovascular fitness test in grade school or high school during gym class. You would either step up and down on a bleacher stair (moving to the sound of a recorded voice: “Up, up, down, down … Up-Up, down, down”) or jog around the football field a couple times.  After a short exercise like one of these, a gym partner would find the beating jugular on your neck and count.

If your pulse was anywhere from 60-100 beats per minute, you were really healthy; anywhere from 100-130 beats, fairly healthy; and if your pulse was above 130, you were out of shape.

Although simple, this is an effective method for determining heart health...

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Protein in Skin Linked to Parkinson’s Disease May Help Prevent Misdiagnoses

Image of: brain made out of words related to Parkinson's Disease.Medical researchers and professionals have yet to establish a biomarker for catching Parkinson’s disease before motor system symptoms begin.   Researchers at the Mayo Clinic proposed a saliva test for Parkinson’s, but it doesn’t seem as promising as the new finding that links a protein in the skin created from the autonomic nervous system (ANS) to Parkinson’s.

The protein, alpha-synuclein, “occurs early in the course of Parkinson’s disease and precedes the onset of clinical symptoms,” said Roy Freeman, director of the Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Laboratory at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

Freeman also said that Parkinson’s is often misdiagnosed.  However, if a proven biomarker was established, the percentage of misdiagnosed patients would drop profoundly.

Unlike m...

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How Toyota’s Lean Management System is Affecting Cardiology Centers

When 10% of the country’s interventional cardiology units in the United States begin sharing a management system, you know it’s big.  Across the U.S., different hospitals have many different types of operations.  Some of these are formal operations and some just fall into place.  Rarely do you see more than 5% of hospitals using the same formal management practices

However, the management system created by the Japanese vehicle manufacturer, Toyota, is making a huge impact on how the healthcare industry is run, specifically in the cardiology sector...

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How to Identify Stress-Related Symptoms and Treat Stress

Image of: stress arrow graphic.Stress is our natural response to difficult and uncomfortable situations.  It’s a bittersweet reaction that helps us and hurts us.  It can give us the “boost” we need before an important presentation or, conversely, make us freeze up on the spot.  Despite whether it’s helping or hurting our performance, it’s always taking a toll on our body.  If a person can control their stress levels, the toll is small.  But if the person can’t, the toll can become incredibly large and impact one’s wellbeing adversely.

Often, it’s hard for people who suffer from excessive stress to level out enough to become assertive.  And assertiveness and mindfulness are prerequisites for dealing with stress in a healthy way...

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Vital Health Information Now Accessible Through Patient’s Fingertip

Image: health monitoring using patient's fingertip.With peripheral arterial tone, a wealth of medical information can be collected from a patient using non-invasive equipment.  Attaching a small device to the pointer finger and pressing a button affords deep insight into cardiovascular and respiratory health.  Peripheral arterial tone (PAT) is a preferred measurement of sympathetic arousal and one of the most popular functions of the critical care test by Critical Care Assessment.

Along with oximetry and actigraphy – both health measurement systems – PAT is often used for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.  It’s one of the few measurements that effectively pinpoints symptoms within patients affected by sleep apnea...

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Critical Care Assessment Attending the Primary Care Cardiometabolic Risk Summit in Las Vegas

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After the success of the last year’s Risk Summit, Critical Care Assessment is excited to attend the 2015 Primary Care Cardiometabolic Risk Summit (CRS) that takes place from October 18-20 at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a sponsor and vendor at the event, we’ll be showing nurses, primary care physicians, registered dieticians, certified diabetes educators, and other healthcare professionals how our critical care test can help diagnose, treat, and prevent various health conditions.

What health professionals can expect when they visit our booth at the CRS this year is a free demonstration on how our critical care test makes health conditions more transparent, easier to locate and easier to understand...

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Upcoming Trade Shows Critical Care Assessment is Attending


As the leading provider of heart rate variability test products for health professionals across the globe, the team at Critical Care Assessment always looks for chances to learn more about the healthcare industry.

To stay informed and innovative in 2015, we’re attending a host of trade show across the United States, from Boston to Hawaii.  The shows we’ll be attending include:

73rd Scientific Sessions (6/21-6/25 in Chicago, IL)
This show will be hosted at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.  Hosted by the American Diabetes Association, this event will feature the most influential speakers in diabetes care.  Over 14,000 physicians, clinicians and diabetes experts are expected to attend.

Scientific Sessions 2013 (9/17-9/19 in Dallas, TX)

Not to be confused with the 73rd Sci...

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Acclaimed Pain Management Specialist Joins Critical Care Assessment as Medical Director

The new addition of Dr. Ronald M Parris, MD, to the team of health professionals at Critical Care Assessment will improve the development of ANS research and, consequently, improve our stress assessment equipment.  Although the critical care assessment test by our company already offers valuable information related to the autonomic nervous system (ANS), we’re looking to push innovation further.  Our entire staff believes Dr. Parris will invigorate our existing ANS research and testing equipment.

We believe this because of his vast experience in the medical field.  In addition to having a wealth of knowledge related to various components of the autonomic nervous system, he’s also head of his own pain management private practice, the Parris Pain Center located in Houston, TX...

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