There are many factors that trigger adjustments to the heart rate, a healthy individual’s heart rate will fluctuate perpetually to properly adapt to stress from a constantly changing internal and external environment. Variation can be by emotional conflict, heavy metal toxicity, hidden dental issues, allergies, respiration, metabolic changes and physical exertion to name a few. This variability or adaptive capacity is an indirect way of measuring the functional state of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), the part of the nervous system that involuntarily controls all organs and systems of the body. Since the body has no voluntary control of this system, it’s functioning is largely below the level of consciousness, which until recently, has made the assessment of autonomic tone – the overall qualitative state of the ANS – difficult to ascertain. This has left such a convenient assessment of general health, out of reach.
The ANS has two components the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the ‘fight or flight’ response, and the parasympathetic nervous system – ‘rest and digest’. These two systems should be balanced for the optimal performance of this control system. A modern, stressful environment usually swings the balance in favour of the sympathetic nervous system, resulting in a low HRV score.
Low Heart Rate Variability has been proposed as a marker for many chronic diseases. It is often associated with immune dysfunction and inflammation associated with aging, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer. These signs of deteriorating health may not become apparent until the later stages and may not be revealed during an ordinary physical examination.
The test is administered using a small, particularly sensitive heart rate monitor strapped to the chest, the entire process taking 7-9 minutes. It is ideal for monitoring the improvement of patients during an ongoing treatment process to determine it’s therapeutic effects, or as a general assessment of health.
Fee for HRV test : HK$200
Please call 2577-3798 to make an appointment for the Heart Rate Variability Test