Heart Rate Variability
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Heart Rate Variability: a non-invasive painless screening testing which identifies brain associated autonomic nervous system dysfunction. HRV analyzes the variability of the heart rate to determine the early and chronic affects of stress.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Peripheral Nervous System Screening is a non-invasive painless screening testing which identifies brain associated autonomic nervous system dysfunction. HRV analyzes the variability of the heart rate to determine the early and chronic ?affects of stress. ?Heart rate is controlled by a two-component autonomic nervous system (ANS). The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) portion initiates the fight or flight response.? Adrenalin is produced and the heart rate is increased when the SNS regulates heart rate.
The other component of the ANS is the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS).
The PSNS is responsible for the relaxation, sleep, sexual function and digestion. This portion of the nervous system allows one to relax and digest food to store energy that? can be ?used when the SNS or fight or flight response is activated. The PSNS portion of the ANS slows the heart beat down.
These two branches of the ANS are constantly responding to the internal and external environment and determining if the fight or flight or rest and digest response is needed to bring the body back into balance. This system also responds to perceived or imagined threats. ?Abnormalities in this delicate balance between the SNS and PSNS can lead to a host of medical conditions that include: fatigue, anxiety, depression, adrenal gland dysfunction, ?hypertension, attention, concentration and memory problems, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and gastrointestinal conditions to name a few.
HRV helps to:
- Find out how well your body responds to stress
- Identify autonomic nervous system dysfunction with
- Identify cortisol and GI disturbances
- Monitor the progress and effectiveness of treatment ?like ?adrenal gland dysfunction, gastrointestinal function, mood, anxiety and attention disorders and? insomnia.