Category ANS Testing

ANS Tests Are Helping Medical Professionals Properly Diagnose Fibromyalgia

As much as 2 to 4 percent of the general population has fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia, a disease that affects the autonomic nervous system, has been treated unsuccessfully for many years.  Part of the reason for this is misdiagnosis.  People with fibromyalgia are often misdiagnosed with some other disease and, consequently, treated improperly.  What’s most unfortunate is that they’re labeled as hypochondriacs or hysterics because many lab tests often show no evidence of the disease.

Thanks to recent advancements in ANS testing, though, fibromyalgia is easier than ever to test for.

People with fibromylagia have an imbalance in ANS activity, which means the parasympathetic nervous system (in charge of resting states) is improperly balancing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (in ...

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Cardiovascular Autonomic Neuropathy: a Serious Diabetic Complication Now Easier to Detect and Manage with Critical Care Assessment

In a recent post, we talked about the debilitating effects of diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN) and perhaps the most serious side-effect of it – cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN).  Using information in an article by the American Diabetes Association, we helped you understand what DAN is and how it’s treated.

Today, we’re going to talk about CAN – what it is and how it’s easier than ever for physicians to detect and monitor with our critical care test.

Before moving on, though, it’s important to understand that diabetic and cardiovascular neuropathy don’t exist on the same plane.  In other words, you often get one before you get the other and the process usually begins with diabetes.

The process looks like this: Diabetes –> Diabetic Neuropathy –> Cardiovascular Neuropathy


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How to Make Biometric Testing Quick, Easy and Effective

Biometric testing is what many employers use to determine the health of their employees.  Although biometric testing isn’t mandatory, it’s been used for decades by many companies to create in-house wellness programs.

A common misconception is that employers only start this testing to make insurance companies happy.  However, the reality is that many companies care about the health of their employees.  They see biometric testing as a way to motivate employees to take better care of themselves – eat healthier, exercise and relax. Countless studies have shown that healthy people work better, feel better and are able to manage stress better.

For a while, biometric screening consisted of lengthy and even invasive practices...

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How an ANS Test Can Help Your Patients

Have you recently been informed by that your hospital or clinic should begin administering ANS tests? Are you aware of healthcare guidelines that will require a carepath for your patients? If so, it is very likely you have many questions or reservations regarding a new procedure that you are unfamiliar with. However don’t let simple confusion or misunderstanding inhibit you from doing what is best for the health of your patients. The ANS, or Autonomic Nervous System, test is designed to best evaluate your patient’s bodily functions and plays an important role in investigating those who suffer from various diseases. There are no invasive or potentially harmful procedures involved, and often times a single exam lasts less than a half hour and can be performed by an MA...

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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 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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