This is done to assess blood flow in your arms or legs. Blood pressure cuffs are inflated on your arm or leg, and the blood pressure there is measured.
Diabetic autonomic neuropathy (DAN) is a serious and common complication of diabetes. Despite its relationship to an increased risk of cardiovascular mortality and its association with multiple symptoms and impairments, the significance of DAN has not been fully appreciated.
Resting ABI is most commonly used to detect PAD in clinical settings. ABI is calculated as the systolic blood pressure obtained at the ankle divided by the systolic blood pressure obtained at the brachial artery while the patient is lying down. A ratio of less than 1 (typically defined as ≤ 0.9) is considered abnormal and is commonly used to define PAD.
Symptomatic manifestations of CAN include sinus tachycardia, exercise intolerance, orthostatic hypotension (OH), abnormal blood pressure (BP) regulation, dizziness, presyncope and syncope, intraoperative cardiovascular instability, asymptomatic myocardial ischemia and infarction.
The sympathetic nervous system
represents a rapid response mobilizing system, facilitating immediate motor action (“fight or flight”). Increased sympathetic activity is associated with bodily indicators of “autonomic arousal” such as increased heart rate, blood pressure, and sweating. The parasympathetic nervous system regulates slowly changing processes associated with „resting and digesting“ or „feeding and breeding“.
Sudomotor function is controlled by part of the sympathetic nervous system and it relates to skin microcirculation and small demyelinated nerve fibers (C-Fibers).
Microcirculatory Disorders and small fiber neuropathy shows the risks for early stages of peripheral distal neuropathy mostly found in diabetic patients.
This System only takes 15 minutes to run a full battery of assessments. The individual setup takes as little as 15 minutes to complete with an interpretive report of risk factors along with a wellness health report for the patient. The reports are very easy to read with color coded graphs and comments identifying the key risk areas.
Anyone who falls in the following Risk Category should be tested right away.
45-50 Years old with Cardiovascular risks such as smoking, overweight, diabetic or be hypertensive
Everyone 65 and older
Constant fatigue or headaches
Dizziness with fainting
Tingling in the toes or lower extremities
Painful muscle cramping in the hips, legs, or thighs