At the NY Center for Integrative Medicine in Brooklyn, New York, we offer a wide range of services for patients to consider to improve their overall health and well-being. One important testing option available for new and current patients is autonomic nervous system testing, also known as Cardio-ANS testing.
Drs. Alexander Shapsis and Robert Kachko of the NY Center for Integrative Medicine describe the Cardio-ANS testing as a powerful and informative diagnostic tool to evaluate the health of the cardiovascular as well as the autonomic nervous system. This tool allows us to assess for inflammation, insulin resistance, nerve damage, and balance of the sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system. It can be useful to assess the health of blood vessels, the nervous system, and the brain in conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Patients who have healthy autonomic activity, and maintain a balance of this activity, will often experience reduced risks of chronic disease and mortality. This makes this simple test a great way to investigate the body’s functions and spot any signs of problems.
Cardio-ANS testing is a diagnostic test that can take up to 30 minutes to complete at the NY Center for Integrative Medicine. During this time, the body’s responses will be monitored and recorded to determine if the Cardio-ANS system is balanced and functioning properly. Four maneuvers are performed during the procedure, including the body’s response to postural change (for example, sitting to standing), the effectiveness of deep breathing, the Valsalva maneuver (a special method of breathing used to slow the heartbeat when too fast), and the patient’s blood pressure, pulse waveform, and resting heart rate.After this, patients receive a comprehensive 15 page report on their health status and come up with a plan with the doctor to improve outcomes. With all of this information, the doctors can provide an insight into a patient’s overall health and well-being.
Testing is often useful for patients who have some of the following concerns:
The Cardio-ANS testing procedure should be performed every 6 months for patients when considered medically necessary. Repeat testing of the Cardio-ANS test can be done to assess a patient’s response to certain medications, therapies or to monitor the progression of certain diseases or conditions diagnosed previously. After your first Cardio-ANS test, our team of professionals can determine if routine testing should be performed regularly.
If you are interested in more information about Cardio-ANS testing and procedures, connect with Drs. Alexander Shapsis and Robert Kachko today! The NY Center for Integrative Medicine in New York, NY, can be reached at (718) 866-3695 and is conveniently located at 239 Court Street, Suite B. Schedule an appointment today to discuss the benefits of Cardio-ANS testing.
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