HRV Stress Test
“If the patient’s heartbeat is as constant as the tapping of a woodpecker or raindrops falling on a roof, then the patient will be dead within 4 days.”
Already in the 3rd century the Chinese doctor Wang Shuhe recognized that having a variable heartbeat is a sign of health. He documented this in his book Mai Ching / The Knowledge of Pulse Diagnosis.
HRV stands for “HeartRateVariability” or “HeartRhythmVariability”
HRV is a central function of the body, which is lost under stress. That means the following: Two successive heartbeats are separated by a period of time that can be measured and expressed in milliseconds. Examining these time periods shows whether or not our organism is properly reacting, and at the right time, to the impulses coming from our (unconscious) autonomic nervous system.
Variations in our heartbeat are controlled by our body’s inner clock, our breathing, our emotions and external influences. In other words: our heart reacts immediately to everything we experience from outside and everything we think and feel.
In healthy human beings the heart constantly responds to all these external and internal signals like a high-tech instrument, with finely-tuned changes (“variations”) in the timing of the heartbeat. This phenomenon is known as heart rhythm variability, HRV for short. The HRV thus describes the ability of the heart to constantly vary the time period between heartbeats and thereby to adapt to constantly changing requirements in a flexible way.
The HRV is thereby a measure of the overall adaptability of the organism. Heart rate variability is controlled via the activation of the sympathetic system (in the direction of tension) and of the parasympathetic system (in the direction of relaxation), both of which are parts of the autonomous nervous system. The autonomous nervous system is responsible for accelerations and decelerations of the heartbeat rate.
Through our 24-hour HRV measurement combined with a special questionnaire, we obtain concrete information about the condition of the body’s neurovegetative regulation. This permits concrete conclusions to be drawn concerning the level of stress, risk of burn-out and cardiovascular risk. In addition solid evidence has been found, indicating that a causal connection exists between weaknesses of the parasympathetic nervous system, and cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Gerhard Beck & Dr. Günther Beck recommend supplementing the 24 hr. HRV measurement by a holopathy examination and an individual micronutrient analysis (stress profile). In full accordance with holistic philosophy the goal must also be to identify potential deficits on the level of nutritive substances (for example neurotransmitters) which are indispensible for an efficient energy supply.
The following questions will be answered for you:
- How high is my tolerance for stress?
- How good is my body’s regulatory capacity?
- How good is my capacity for relaxing and regenerating?
- How good is the regenerative quality of my sleep?
- How high is my risk of organic illness?
- How can I optimize the interplay between my mind and my body?
Please fill out the following questionnaire and contact us so that we can find a common strategy for diagnostics and therapy that is optimally suited to your individual case.