” Man is as old as his arteries”, Thomas Sydenham.
At Vico Health you can have a quick and painless biological age test to determine how old your arteries are, with recommendations for a therapeutic programme based on the results. Due to factors such as stress and anxiety your arteries can be up to 40 years older than your chronological age (Professor Martin Bennett).
Heart disease remains the leading cause of premature death in Ireland today. One of the main contributors to heart disease is the development of Arterial Stiffness , ‘Hardening of the arteries’. A person can have normal Blood pressure, normal Cholesterol levels and yet have hardening of their Arteries.
If we have experienced a lot of stress in our lives this can cause the arteries to narrow and stiffen. This process is called atherosclerosis. It will cause 1 in 3 of us to suffer a heart attack or stroke. It also causes other signs of aging including restricting the oxygen reaching the skin causing us to look and feel older than we are.
We use a patented technology from one of the world’s leading medical manufacturers to measure the biological age of your arteries. We can help reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes as well as helping you feel and look younger. The Turn Back Time test uses pulse wave analysis to assess stress-induced Arterial stiffness, this test acts as an early warning system for atherosclerosis. The test is backed by cardiac specialists.
It measures a person’s Biological Age as well as their Blood pressure, Pulse and Body Mass index. Each client is assessed on an 8 point grade.
Simple changes can produce Significant results!
With simple lifestyle changes and some specific supplements the state of the arteries can be significantly improved. After assessment we give you a program to follow for six to 8 weeks before retesting. The results can be excellent. If the nervous system is particularly out of balance we also use acupuncture to rebalance the adrenal glands and improve overall health.
How does it work?
Our device measures changes in blood volume caused by the pulse wave. When an Artery of normal stiffness is measured, the pulse wave generated during deflation of the cuff first appears when the cuff pressure approaches systolic blood pressure. The pulse wave then rises and after reaching it’s highest point it decreases gradually. This is because Arterial hardening begins when the normally soft side of the Artery suffers a breach causing the area to thicken with collagen. Consequently, a mechanical change occurs in the Arterial wall.
The device can detect when the disposition of the Artery being measured differs from that of a normal Artery. By detecting the pulse wave pattern and calculating the volume of blood being delivered, along with Arterial softness, an indication of the condition of the client’s Arteries and the amount of Oxygen being delivered to the skin and other vital organs, can be ascertained.
Results are then analysed by specialist computer software. Depending on the results, appropriate lifestyle recommendations are made. Even small changes can have significant results.
Who should have the test?
The process of hardening of the arteries happens over time but can happen at any age. It is useful therefore for anyone interested in their health to have the test done. However we would particularly recommend it if someone has been under stress or has a family history of heart disease or is/was a smoker or is overweight. It is also very useful for athletes or those very actively involved in sports to be checked.