Arteriograph Improves Cardiovascular Risk Assessments

The term 'Cardiovascular disease' (CVD) refers to a group of health conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. CVD is one of the primary causes of death and disabilities worldwide, contributing to 32% of all global deaths, with more than 80% attributed to heart attacks and strokes. The primary cause of heart attacks and strokes is the accumulation of plaque, known as atherosclerosis, within the blood vessels of the heart and brain.

Therefore, identifying individuals at high risk of severe atherosclerosis through non-invasive assessments is vital for preventing its progression to costly symptomatic stages. Central hemodynamic parameters, including Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity (PWVao), Augmentation Index (AIx), and Central Blood Pressure (CBP), play crucial roles in these assessments, shedding light on the intricate functioning of the cardiovascular system.

The need for a non-invasive yet comprehensive method for these parameters gave rise to the idea of Arteriograph. Using this device provides us with extensive data reports that enable informed decisions about further therapeutic interventions, empowering healthcare professionals to make proactive decisions aimed at reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease.

What is Pulse Wave Analysis (PWA)?

Pulse Wave Analysis (PWA) involves a comprehensive study of the pulse pressure waveform. It provides valuable insights into ventricular ejection and arterial characteristics, such as stiffness. This analysis is instrumental in understanding factors that significantly predict cardiovascular events, especially in high-risk patients. The relevance of PWA is particularly crucial for individuals with an elevated risk of cardiovascular issues, taking into account their medical history and current condition.

Currently, there aren't many methods for pulse wave analysis, but non-invasive pulse wave analysis has become a valuable clinical tool due to its intended use and minimal discomfort for the patient. Arteriograph, utilizing the cuff oscillometry method, not only offers a comprehensive noninvasive pulse wave analysis but also provides crucial information about cardiovascular function.

Arterial Stiffness assessment

The Significance of Measuring Central Blood Pressure & Pulse Wave Velocity

The assessment of central hemodynamic parameters, such as Central Blood Pressure and Pulse Wave Velocity, has garnered attention as a predictive tool for cardiovascular events.

  • Central Blood Pressure shows promise for providing more reliable prognostic information compared to peripheral Blood Pressure measurements, as it mirrors the core Blood Pressure affecting vital organs like the heart, brain, and kidneys. Given its direct influence on these organs, CBP offers a more precise indication of cardiovascular system pressures. Therefore, from a scientific perspective, utilizing CBP to inform drug treatment decisions seems preferable to solely depending on brachial Blood Pressure readings.
  • Pulse wave velocity is a simple and direct method to measure arterial stiffness, which serves as an early indicator of atherosclerosis. It's a useful tool for physicians to evaluate asymptomatic cardiovascular diseases.

Arteriograph is the gold standard device for measuring Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity (PWVao), Central Blood Pressure (CBP) and Aortic Augmentation Index (AIXao)