According to the British Heart Foundation cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke accounted for nearly one third of all deaths in the UK in 2010
Most of us know the things we should be doing to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. These often include eating more healthily, exercising, watching our weight and finding ways of dealing with the stress in our lives.
Green Apple Nutrition Ltd provide a quick, simple and non invasive assessment that provides valuable information regarding Arterial Elasticity and Heart Rate Variability.
This assessment measures the level of arterial elasticity by the analysis of the pulse wave produced every time the heart beats. A healthy arterial system involves arteries that have good elastic properties, a decline in arterial elastic function can be measured by the alteration to the pulse waves shape and velocity. Arterial elasticity naturally declines as we age, however lifestyle and dietary choices play an important part in the degree and timing of those changes.
Heart Rate Variability
The second assessment measures ‘Heart Rate Variability’ or HRV. HRV is a measurement of how variable our heart rate is from one beat to the next. Optimal health relies on an healthy cardiovascular system and a constantly varying level of HRV. A decline in HRV is associated with fatigue, chronic inflammation and diabetes.
Research from 2010 stated that ‘high HRV in the elderly represents a marker predictive of longevity’* In other words the more variable our HRV is as we age the longer we are likely to live.
*ref - Relation of high heart rate variability to healthy longevity - Zulfigar U et al (2010)
Preparing for your Assessment
Assessments are sensitive to certain things so we ask you to avoid caffeine, alcohol, smoking and eating for at least 2 hours before your appointment.
Please note that manicures and false nails may interfere with the ability to preform this assessment successfully.
A brief health history is taken prior to us conducting the assessments including any medications you may be taking.
The results of the assessment are available immediately and clients are provided with copies and an explanation of the results. We also provide you with general health advice along with food, menu and lifestyle suggestions to support a healthy cardiovascular system.
The total procedure takes about 30 minutes