Heart Rate Variability testing, or HRV for short, measures your heart rate to give an accurate and detailed analysis of how the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is functioning. The information gathered shows the efficiency of the ANS to adapt to stress, as well as its ability to protect against disease.
The ANS is important to health because it controls all metabolic processes that happen inside the body by keeping the regulatory systems healthy and balanced – this includes the hormonal, immune and cardiovascular systems. The stronger the ANS, the healthier you can be.
The ANS has two parts:
Both parts should work in harmony to maintain balance and promote health. A HRV Stress Test reveals if your body is functioning in stress mode (sympathetic) or relax mode (parasympathetic). . An imbalance between the two indicates that the ANS is struggling to cope, which can leave the body more open to ill-health and disease.
HRV testing not only shows you exactly how healthy you are on the inside but it gives you prior warning of any potential health risks, making it a great preventative tool for everyone. To learn more about the autonomic nervous system click here.
HOW DOES HRV TESTING WORK?
HRV Testing measures the variation in length between each beat to beat interval of the heart, called R-R intervals, and is measured in milliseconds. The results show whether your Heart Rate Variability is high or low:
The test itself only takes 5-minutes and is completed while you sit comfortably in a chair and relax. It is very simple and, more importantly, non-invasive. See a HRV test in action here.
If you are interested in booking a HRV test or your first consultation then please contact us here.
WHAT DO THE RESULTS SHOW:
As shown in the photo, a HRV Stress Test result gives an overall health score ranging from 1 to 10 (with the green zone score of 1-3 being the most optimum) along with a detailed health analysis that reveals the following:
Your results will be fully explained to you during your consultation along with any necessary health recommendations, such as Mitochondrial Therapy.
We use a state-of-the-art Kardivar Heart Rate Variability (HRV) testing machine. It is the same technology used by the Mars 500 project at the Institute of Bio-Medical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences to monitor and study the effects of stress from cosmic radiation on the health of Russian cosmonauts. Dr Michael Kucera M.D, who specializes in anti-ageing medicine, and Sheri Dixon, an expert in the field of health, introduced HRV testing and mitochondrial therapy to the UK in 2010.
HRV testing is a scientific tool that is proven to give 100% accurate results with no placebo effect. However, it does not diagnose, treat, heal or cure any medical conditions.
A HRV test takes only 5 minutes while you sit and relax in a chair. The results will reveal just how healthy you are on the inside by showing how your autonomic nervous system is performing and how well your body is adapting to stress. (top of page)
Watch the video to learn about the two sides of the autonomic nervous system (the sympathetic and the parasympathetic) responsible for balancing our stress levels and why they must work in harmony if we are to have excellent health and wellbeing. (top of page)
Sheri Dixon has worked with Dr Michael Kucera M.D since 2010, successfully establishing HRV testing and Mitochondrial Therapy in the UK. Her book 'The Fast Way To Slow Down Ageing' offers a wonderful and unique insight into the world of health, diet and longevity. It is available to download from Amazon by following this link.
Shanti Wellbeing works independently in Newcastle upon Tyne but we are also part of a wider group of practitioners based around the UK and globally who all do the same work. Click below to view our official website: