Cardiovascular and Spinal Uses for ANS Testing
Have you ever had your cardiovascular neurologic system checked for potential disease? At Unruh Spine Center, we recognize that taking care of just one area of your body isn’t the answer to overall wellness — which is why we help our patients pinpoint additional areas of their health to work on.
Through ANS testing, our patients are able to manage their cardiac and spinal care, and spot if additional treatment is needed.
What is ANS Testing?
Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) testing is used to assess how the nervous system reacts to stressors. The ANS system of the body has two major divisions: the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
Many of the essential organs in the human body are controlled by these systems. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for fight-or-flight responses, while the parasympathetic nervous system is anabolic, which means it conserves and restores cardiac functions.
Am I a Good Candidate for ANS Testing?
ANS testing is based on Heart Rate Variability (HRV), which monitors your R-R intervals, beat-by-beat blood pressure, and pulse waveform. This allows us to tell if you’re a candidate for a massive heart attack or a vascular issue.
At Unruh Spine Center, our goal is to monitor the body’s response to changes through determinants like heart rate and blood pressure, so that we can care for your entire body. We typically recommend that individuals with these conditions receive ANS testing:
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple system atrophy
- Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome
- Patients with a history of heart conditions or concerns over cardiac care.
ANS testing is not recommended for patients with the following conditions:
- Atrial fibrillation.
- Cardiac failure.
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
- Patients with a pacemaker.
Santa Clarita ANS Testing
If you have not heard of ANS testing, and you are interested in ways to step up your heart or spinal care, we recommend looking into this revolutionary testing method.