The Clinical Usage of Arteriograph
The clinical usage of Arteriograph is primarily designed to benefit both patients and physicians by accurate and comprehensive measurement of essential parameters about central hemodynamics. It helps healthcare providers in various clinical approaches, including cardiology, nephrology, hypertension, diabetes, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, anesthesiology, and sports medicine
Clinical value of the Arteriograph has been proven through more than 350 highly impacted scientific publications which make Arteriograph applicable not only in daily examinations routines but also as a priceless data base for running solid studies and leading valuable research.
Facilitating the detection of atherosclerosis with Arteriograph device family
The name “Arteriosclerosis” refers to a group of conditions with the effect of arterial stiffening. Flexibility is a key characteristic of healthy arteries, as they carry oxygen and nutrients via blood to and from the heart and lungs. As the artery gradually stiffens, the blood flow becomes increasingly obstructed, causing circulation abnormalities.
Elevated blood pressure values, high cholesterol levels, and diabetes are factors that increase the risk of Arteriosclerosis development.
With a confusingly similar name, “Atherosclerosis” is a specific type of Arteriosclerosis. Atherosclerosis denotes a condition of plaque forming in the arteries, leading to their narrowing, and consequently, partially or fully blocked blood flow.
The development of Atherosclerosis starts at a young age. Scientific literature points to the possibility of teenagers already being affected. The symptoms are usually absent or unrecognizable except for middle-aged or older patients. At a certain point the severity of the artery obstruction causes pain. The rupturing of the blockages is also a possibility, causing blood to clot inside an artery at the site of the rupture.
At an age of 40, being apparently healthy generally, the risk of developing a severe level of Atherosclerosis during the patient’s remaining lifetime is 50%. This percentage increases – among other things – with age. The following factors (in addition to the above-mentioned Arteriosclerosis-related factors) also contribute to the development of Atherosclerosis:
Lack of proper physical activity
Eating saturated fats
Most adults older than 60 suffer a certain level of Atherosclerosis, but the symptoms for most of them are still unnoticeable.
Complications of Atherosclerosis include:
Chronic kidney disease
Coronary or carotid heart disease
Peripheral artery disease
Abnormal heart rhythms
How to diagnose Atherosclerosis noninvasively?
Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
IMT of the carotid arteries
Flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD)
Arterial function (stiffness) measurement