DyAnsys has pioneered a revolutionary Heart Rate Variability (HRV)device called the ANSicope HRV Monitor that is accurate in monitoring the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) at the heart beat level in real-time. This device uses a sophisticated mathematical analysis of the EKG to assess the ANS and how well the two subsystems (the sympathetic and parasympathetic) work together.1
The ANSiscope is the only portable HRV device that very accurately measures the dysfunction of the ANS. For the first time, you can now objectively measure and modify patient response to varied treatments, based on the ANSiscope measurement results. This has been found to be particular useful for Pain Management and Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy (DAN) applications. The ANSiscope is non-invasive, takes less than 15 minutes to administer, and is CE marked and FDA cleared. The procedure is reimbursable by most major health providers. For more information on reimbursement, click here
DyAnsys also offers a line of EKGs that are more sensitive and affordable, providing you with better tools to assess your patients’ overall health.
It became apparent long ago that the ANS plays an important role in pain modulation and perception and is likely due to a malfunction in the body’s central nervous system.2 While there are many medications and physical therapies that are used to treat the pain, they do not cure it and only mask the pain response.
Until recently, it has not been easy to measure this malfunction in the nervous system or effectively treat it to the point of cure. Now, for the first time, there is a new approach to pain management that is non-narcotic, with minimal side affects and is called the ANSiscope/ P-STIM Solution.
The P-STIM is a unique combination of permanent acupuncture-like needles and electrical stimulation. When used in conjunction with the ANSiscope, it is possible to treat chronic pain and monitor patient improvements over time.
Point-stimulation Therapy (P-STIM): A Non-narcotic Approach to Pain Management
P-STIM also uses
auricular acupuncture. Auricular acupuncture is a diagnostic and treatment system based on normalizing the body's dysfunction through stimulation of points on the ear. Resulting amelioration of pain and illness is believed to be through the reticular formation and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.6
Auricular acupuncture was first developed in France in the early 1950s by Dr. Paul Nogier. He observed that a specific point in the ear was related to a major organ in the body. As Dr. Nogier began mapping the system, he recognized the ear corresponds to an upside down fetus position. Points on the lower half of the body are at the top of the ear and vice versa. Dr. Nogier’s research was later verified by Chinese acupuncture experts. The ear, therefore, provides the largest surface skin area to be able to access the key nerves in the body.6
In summary, by combining CES technology with permanent acupuncture needles to the ear, the body’s own endorphins are stimulated and released, assisting with increased blood flow to affected tissues, and resulting in the reduction of pain symptoms.
ANSiscope: Monitoring Treatment Progression
CES and ANS Monitoring technology work very well together because chronic pain is intimately associated with the Autonomic Nervous System. Monitoring the ANS while treating the patient with CES provides a quantitative indication of the baseline pain prevalence and its improvement with the CES treatment.
People with chronic pain may have a malfunction that skews their autonomic nervous system towards the sympathetic and creates overstimulation of the nerves as though the body were still under attack. Until recently, it has not been easy to measure the health of the autonomic nervous system and patient’s response to treatment, in a clinical setting.
Now, for the first time, the ANSiscope HRV Monitor provides an objective, scientific and easy way to monitor P-STIM treatment. Electrodes are placed on the patient’s inner wrists and ankles and results are obtained in under 15 minutes. Based on the ANSiscope results, it is possible to objectively monitor and measure the health of the patient’s autonomic nervous system and improvements as a result of successful treatment.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
HRV is an established marker of overall health involving the ANS. It is an indicator for cardiovascular disease, and underlies a number of other diseases involving the ANS such as Pain Management (Chronic Pain), Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy (DAN), and psychological disorders such as depression. HRV also reflects ANS responses to internal cues from the immune, endocrine, and cardiorespiratory systems, among others.7
Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy (DAN)
Click here to get a copy of a booklet on "Detection, Monitoring and Treatment of Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy"
Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy (DAN) is damage to the nerves serving the internal organs and in its early stages, is not felt by the patient. While peripheral neuropathy is not life threatening, DAN is life threatening and can cause a silent heart attack; for example, a diabetic patient goes to sleep at night and does not wake up in the morning.8
It is well known that the complications from diabetes are more dangerous than diabetes itself. Nerve damage complications are some of the most common complications of the disease.
DAN, which is hardly known but more deadly has no symptoms until it affects the internal organs (mostly the heart in 50-80% of the cases according to the World Health Organization or WHO). It may take 5 years after the onset of DAN for it to affect the end organs and demonstrate symptoms.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended (since 2006) in its standards of Medical Care that Heart Rate Variability testing (which detects autonomic neuropathy) be performed on Type 2 Diabetic patients, immediately upon detection of diabetes and for type 1 diabetics, within 5 years of diagnosis.
Hundreds of doctors in India are using the ANSicopes for the detection of DAN and for the past three years, have measured more than 100,000 pateints. The Indian doctors have summarized their experiences and how they have successfully treated DAN in a booklet titled “Detection, Monitoring and Treatment of Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy”. Click here to get a copy of this booklet.
DyAnsys markets a line of EKG machines that are very affordable and designed for the doctor’s office and hospitals. These EKG machines are more sensitive than others on the market because they do not use excessive filtering techniques that could mask subtle problems with the heart. When you receive a more accurate picture of how your patient’s heart functions, you may prescribe more appropriate treatments that will improve you’re their health. Ask your local distributor for a free demo of the DyAnsys ECScope ECG Device.
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