Specialized Test Provides Early Detection for Heart Disease and Stroke
The RM-3A medical device is a powerful analytic tool in managing your health. Scientifically validated and FDA cleared, this medical device performs a range of tests covered by most insurance companies. This system is fast, non-invasive and takes less than 10 minutes to complete an assessment.
Within the United States alone, one out of every four deaths are caused by heart disease. Every four minutes, someone in America dies of a stroke. As prevalent as these issues are, they are also preventable – especially if you can see them coming. A device called the RM-3A Autonomic Function Test measures the electrical charge within the autonomic nervous system and can detect arterial sclerosis, insulin resistance, cardio-metabolic risk, cardiovascular disease, and a range of other issues.
By measuring the voltage within a group of cells, the machine can identify issues before they become serious. For example, if the pancreas is showing a decline in voltage that means that insulin resistance is increasing, and early-stage diabetes is on the horizon. Well before the patient’s blood sugars ever rise sufficiently to cause alarm.
The key benefit of the RM-3A tests is early detection. We can see markers on the test that show us that angiotensin, which is the hormone that drives blood pressure, is going up. The stiffness of the arteries is going up. We can address the issue before it manifests.
Even if someone has already had a cardiovascular episode, it’s not too late to change course. It’s not just a chronic disease approach, it’s an anti-aging approach. It’s about reversing before you get to real problems. Even if you already have problems, we can still reverse them.
The RM-3A Measures 8 Risk Factors
Sudomotor Dysfunction Risk
Sudomotor dysfunction testing may indicate to physicians of a patient’s peripheral nerve and cardiac sympathetic dysfunction. Neuropathy is a common complication in diabetes mellitus (DM), with 60%–70% of patients affected over lifetime. Symptoms of neuropathy are very common, and subclinical neuropathy is more common than clinical neuropathy. Neuropathy may remain undetected, and progress over time leading to serious complications. The most common associated clinical condition is peripheral neuropathy, affecting the feet. Autonomic nerve involvement is common but probably the most undiagnosed. Low scores in the sudomotor may lead a medical provider to look at clinical neuropathy.
Insulin Resistance Risk
Insulin resistance is defined clinically as the inability of a known quantity of exogenous or endogenous insulin to increase glucose uptake and utilization in an individual as much as it does in a normal population. Insulin resistance occurs as part of a cluster of cardiovascular-metabolic abnormalities commonly referred to as “The Insulin Resistance Syndrome” or “The Metabolic Syndrome”. This cluster of abnormalities may lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, accelerated atherosclerosis, hypertension or polycystic ovarian syndrome depending on the genetic background of the individual developing the insulin resistance.
Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction Risk
Problems with the ANS can range from mild to life threatening. Sometimes only one part of the nervous system is affected. In other cases, the entire ANS is affected. Some conditions are temporary and can be reversed, while others are chronic and will continue to worsen over time. Diseases such as Diabetes or Parkinson’s disease can cause irregularities with the ANS. Problems with ANS regulation often involve organ failure, or the failure of the nerves to transmit a necessary signal.
Endothelial Dysfunction Risk
Current evidence suggests that endothelial function is an integrative marker of the net effects of damage from traditional and emerging risk factors on the arterial wall and its intrinsic capacity for repair. Endothelial dysfunction, detected as the presence of reduced vasodilating response to endothelial stimuli, has been observed to be associated with major cardiovascular risk factors, such as aging, hyperhomocysteinemia, post menopause state, smoking, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.
The specific factors that can cause this increased risk include: obesity (particularly central), hyperglycemia, hypertension, insulin resistance and dyslipoproteinemia. When patients have one or more risk factors and are physically inactive or smoke, the cardiometabolic risk is increased even more. Medical conditions that often share the above characteristics, such as type 2 diabetes, can also increase cardiometabolic risk. The primary focus of cardiometabolic risk treatment is management of each high-risk factor, including dyslipoproteinemia, hypertension, and diabetes. The management of these subjects is based principally on lifestyle measures, but various antihypertensive, lipid-lowering, insulin sensitizing, anti-obesity and antiplatelet drugs could be helpful in reducing cardiometabolic risk.
Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy Risk
High blood glucose levels over a period of years may cause a condition called autonomic neuropathy. This is damage to the nerves that control the regulation of involuntary function. When the nerve damage affects the heart, it is called cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN). CAN encompasses damage to the autonomic nerve fibers that innervate the heart and blood vessels, resulting in abnormalities in heart rate control, vascular dynamics, and the body’s ability to adjust blood pressure. CAN is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality associated with a high risk of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death.
Small Fiber Neuropathy Risk
A small fiber neuropathy occurs when damage to the peripheral nerves predominantly or entirely affects the small myelinated fibers or Unmyelinated C fibers. The specific fiber types involved in this process include both small somatic and autonomic fibers. The sensory functions of these fibers include thermal perception and nociception. These fibers are involved in many autonomic and enteric functions.
Plethysmography Cardiovascular Disease Risk
The PTG CVD risk factor is the combined total of the other seven risk factors assessments. It takes into consideration the cardiovascular, as well as the autonomic nervous system (ANS) measurements.
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