Heart rate variability (HRV) is the variation between consecutive heartbeats and is affected by several factors such as age, stress, cardiac diseases and state of health.
The HRV decreases with age and is lower among people who lead an inactive lifestyle and those who suffer from medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, hypertension or diabetic neuropathy.
Since the heart is the centre of many regulating systems, the heart rate is influenced by various body functions.
The heart rate is continuously adjusted by the autonomic nervous system, the controlling network of the human body, in response to internal and external triggers such as physical activation, stress, relaxation, recovery and sleep.
By use of the SCHILLER medilog® ECG recorders and the new «Fire of Life» software, the HRV is analysed and displayed in a new way to help judge the function of the autonomic nervous system. «Fire of Life» helps you to see how well the human body reacts to stress and recovery.
If repeated, it indicates if therapeutic actions or lifestyle changes are successful in reducing stress and improving recovery. This opens up completely new diagnostic possibilities.
The HRV is an important value to assess the autonomic nervous system.
A low HRV can indicate an increased mortality risk. However, it is important to ensure that the HRV measurement is reliable and not influenced by inaccuracies caused by the equipment.
SCHILLER medilog®DARWIN 2 HRV provides the best beat-to-beat measurement available non-invasively and is an ideal screening tool to detect autonomic failure, syncopes and neuropathy and to conduct detailed research into HRV and associated conditions.
SCHILLER medilog®DARWIN 2 HRV is part of the range of medilog products which have been used for more than 30 years to record ECGs and to diagnose arrhythmias. The latest range of ECG and HRV recorders and software now puts a reliable, affordable and non-invasive screening device and research tool in your hands – so that you can make that difference in treatment and cost.