Heart Rate Variability

The Environmental Health Center is vitally interested in employing diagnostic procedures which are used in treatment strategies and in disease prevention.

Heart Rate Variability is an established non-invasive electrophysiology test for an assessment of the cardiac and general body’s autonomic nervous system. It evaluates one’s general level of physical fitness. Heart rate is not fixed. It varies constantly in accordance with internal and external stressors. Heart rate automatically adjusts itself as it responds to emotional conflict, worry, depression, heavy metal and chemical toxicity, hidden dental distress, allergies, gastrointestinal distress, hypoglycemia, elevated blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. The sympathetic nervous system responds to anxiety, fear, and tension. It is the nervous system which prepares us for flight or fight. The parasympathetic nervous system reflects your ability to relax, manage stress, and free yourself from the tension characterized by life in the 21st century.

Minor heart rate variation can be measured by computer and categorized for sympathetic and parasympathetic dominance. A low Heart Rate Variability (HRV) score usually means a high sympathetic score and negative parasympathetic score. This conveys to the physician that you are living in a stress mode which can predispose you to cardiac problems and to an increased risk of chronic disease. The dominance of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) can also provide your physician with vital information to be used in treatment and recovery.

The Environmental Health Center-Dallas routinely uses this tool to assess the state of your physical fitness and to assess the effect which exposures and sensitivities have had on your autonomic nervous system. In this manner a more accurate treatment program is constructed for you.

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