Cardiovascular disease affects more people each year than any other disease or illness. Cardiovascular disease means disease of the heart (cardio) and arteries (vascular). This disease can result in heart attack, stroke, angina or heart failure. The stiffening and hardening of the arteries which makes the heart work harder can occur years or decades before you start experiencing any symptoms. That is why cardiovascular disease is sometimes referred to as the “Silent Killer”.
The most problematic aspect of developing cardiovascular disease is that you don’t know that it’s happening to you. You can’t feel it happening, like catching a cold. There the symptoms are very prominent. You know when you are catching a cold. Cardiovascular disease is another matter. You can’t feel arterial clogging plaque building up, stiffening your arteries and choking off your blood flow to different parts of your body, depriving vital nutrients and oxygen to your cells and organ until it’s too late. You develop angina or have a heart attack or stroke.
It is very important that you do not wait to experience symptoms of cardiovascular disease.
There has been very little preventative test equipment available for early detection of cardiovascular disease, progression or risk. The most common testing available today, although useful, offers little information concerning arterial health. Other state of the art testing equipment currently available is usually found in hospital’s cardiac care units and are either highly invasive (hence risky), extremely expensive, or both.
The Pulse wave Assessment complements the conventional cuff blood pressure measurements and provides additional information on arterial stiffness and performance of the heart. It is able to be used simply in any medical practice and is portable. It is ideally used as part of a preventative health approach, modifying diet, increasing exercise and taking appropriate supplements. Retesting can be done at intervals to monitor progress.