The Heart Sound Recorder is a computer-based low risk general wellness monitor which uses the principles of auscultation to acquire, display, record and save heart sounds in a visual graph.
Recording with this device involves putting an HSR microphone on top of all four valves of the heart. It is strapped to the patient's chest, allowing them to remain comfortable throughout the procedure. The device records the sounds in each of the four valves. Each valve is recorded for a period of 15 seconds. We also record our clients pulse rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels
The heart muscle responds both positively and negatively to our body’s nutritional intake. To function optimally, it is vital that the heart have the proper nutrients to maintain healthy rate, rhythm, and tone.
Your nervous system controls the rate at which your heart beats. Your sympathetic nervous system manages your “fight-or-flight” response and can accelerate your heart rate. Your parasympathetic nervous system manages your “rest-and-digest” response and can slow your heart rate. You need a healthy balance between the two.
Heart Rhythm is how regularly your heart beats. Each heartbeat has two sounds: “lub” (S1) and “dub” (S2). These should beat in a steady, consistent rhythm. Observations are made to see if heart is working too hard or if it is not resting enough.
Your heart tone refers to the strength of the ventricle contractions. The height and the width of the lub-dub sound on the graph shows how efficiently your ventricles are ejecting during systole.
As with any wellness device, recommendations for lifestyle changes implied by using this technology should be undertaken only with the guidance of a licensed physician, therapist, or holistic healthcare practitioner. The findings from this device can be used to support, but should not be used in place of, sound medical therapies and recommendations.
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