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Endocardiograph

According to the CDC, heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United states every year - that's one in every four deaths. Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

The Endocardiograph, also known as the heart sound recorder, is a computer-based, low-risk general wellness monitor which uses the principles of auscultation to observe heart sounds. The heart's reaction to certain stressors, (i.e. chemical, nutritional and emotional), can be observed using this type of device. Certain types of heart stress can be monitored by seeing the Rate, Rhythm and Tone of the heart cycle on the graph.

Rate, Rhythm, Tone- three key indicators of heart health and function.

Your nervous system controls the Rate at which your heart beats. The rate is how fast or slow your heart beats. The optimal resting heart rate is 60-80 beats per minute. One side of your nervous system (smpathetic) manages your "fight or flight" response and can accelerate your heart rate. The other side (parasympathetic) manages your "rest and digest" response and can slow your heart rate. You need a healthy balance between the two.

The Rhythm of you heart pertains to how regular your heart beats. There are two heartbeat sounds, "lub" (S1) and "dub" (S2), which should beat in a steady, consistent rhythm. The rhythm of your heart should show a specific work-to-rest ration on the graph. Your heart should be resting twice as long as it is working. Observations are made to see if your heart is working too hard, or not working hard enough.

The Tone of your heart refers to the strength of the ventricle contractions. The height and the width of the "lub dub" sound on the graph shows how efficiently your ventricles are ejecting the systole.

As with any wellness device, recommendations for lifestyle changes implied by using this technology should be undertaken only with the guidance of a licensed physician, therapist, or holistic healthcare practitioner.

"...We can say that we find no condition, either directly or indirectly, so responsive to nutritional therapy as that which is reflected in heart conditions." - Dr. Royal Lee

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