The Max Pulse

The Max Pulse is a testing device used for cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system screening. The results are instant and provide a baseline as well as indications of other health issues.

Can you please describe what the Max Pulse device is?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Yes. The Max Pulse is a FDA approved, Class 2, medical device. It’s used for cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system screening. It can be a useful tool also for monitoring before and after effects of specific treatment protocols. The device uses plethysmography and accelerated plethysmography technology. The results are shown instantly upon completion of the test.

What does the device measure?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: The Max Pulse measures wave type, eccentric constriction, arterial elasticity, remaining blood volume, heart rate variability, mean heart rate, physical and mental stress. Well to be less technical, it’s an early screening device for cardiovascular disease and provides an indication of stress in the sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic nervous systems. The test will also help assist nutraceutical and/or pharmaceutical needs. This gives us an idea of physical age of the body as compared to the actual age of the patient.

How long does the screening take?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Screening itself takes just over three minutes, and is completely painless and non-invasive, and does not require the patient to disrobe. However, on average a screening from start to finish will take about 20 to 30 minutes. The greater the number of questions and the more discussion that is needed between the practitioner and the patient, will determine really the length that the screening takes.

Can anyone use the Max Pulse device?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Yes, absolutely. Anybody can use this testing device. However, anyone who has known arrhythmias are not recommended for the test without first consulting with either the cardiologist or their medical doctor. We ask that no alcohol be consumed for 24 hours prior to the test, and three hours prior to the test to refrain from exercise, caffeine, and the smoking of both electronic and regular cigarettes should also be avoided. Lastly, we ask that all nail polish needs to be removed from the fingers.

How are the results analyzed and used to help patients?

Dr. Andrew Shepherd: The results are going to give indications of multiple markers. These will include degrees of arterial sclerosis, the amount of circulatory flow within both the heart and the vessels, the veins, and the arteries, a functional level of the autonomic nervous system, and indication of possible hormone dysfunction, an idea of overall energy and sleep level regulation, along with stress and digestion markers. These can then be used to determine if further more specific tests are indicated, or if used as a baseline for pre and post treatment intervention, to be able to reanalyze and monitor the efficacy of treatments and interventions being used.

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