Initial assessment is the most vital step in managing a patient’s health. As such, extracting as much information and achieving a broad road map of the arterial anatomy is crucial for proper arterial and vascular assessment. VitalScan Vascular+ Arterial Vascular Assessment measures blood pressure uses the identical standard as conventional arm cuffs. While the traditional arm cuff method just measures blood pressure, the VitalScan Vascular+ Arterial Vascular Assessment is a powerful measure which provides further insight into arterial stiffness.
The information collected during the VitalScan Vascular+ Arterial Vascular Assessment using the upper arm cuff is disseminated into a wide range of measurements. This data is then extrapolated into a number of indexes and further classifications which include the following:
• Ankle/Brachial Index (ABI)
• Arterial Stiffness Index (ASI)
• Blood Pressure (Brachial, Ankle)
• Pulse Pressure
• Classification of Cardiovascular Condition
• Ejection Elasticity Index (EEI)
• Dicrotic Elasticity Index (DEI)
• Dicrotic Dilation Index (DDI)
• Augmentation Index (AI)
The information deduced from the VitalScan Vascular+ Arterial Vascular Assessment is invaluable for detecting risk factors and facilitating the identification of patients who may be at risk for cardiovascular events. Studies have shown that the Arterial Stiffness Index (ASI) illustrates a strong correlation between the functioning and integrity of coronary arteries and atherosclerotic lesions. This particular connection is significant in that atherosclerotic lesions are fatal yet may remain asymptomatic for decades. Over 60 million Americans carry these life-threatening issues so isolating high-risk individuals is most valuable.
The indexes generated by the VitalScan Vascular+ Arterial Vascular Assessment are far-reaching and provide important patient insight into a number of existing and potential health risks. These cardiovascular issues include the following:
• Infectious vasculitis
• Congenital abnormalities
VitalScan Vascular+ Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) analysis is based on physiological phenomenon, observable and measurable in the arterial elasticity and stiffness during blood circulation.
VitalScan Vascular+ pulse wave is based on physiological phenomenon, observable and measurable in the arterial system during blood circulation. During one heart systole a certain blood volume is expelled. This propagates through the arteries due to the reciprocal transformation between kinetic energy of a segment of the expelled blood volume and the potential energy of a stretched segment of the resilient vascular wall. With VitalScan Vascular+, observations to changes in pressure, blood flow, velocity and profile throughout the whole pulse wave can be made for the clear classification of arterial elasticity.
Why Arterial Vascular Assessment Matters:
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a dominant concern for physicians and it is intrinsically linked to arterial health. PAD is the occlusion of arteries due to the buildup of fatty, cholesterol deposits called plaque lining the interior of arteries. As the formation of plaque accumulates, the arteries narrow, stiffen and decline in functionality. This reduces blood flow, usually to the legs and, if left to worsen, can lead to tissue death or even amputation. Research estimates that eight to 12 million people are affected by PAD in both the U.S. and Europe. Like many other cardiovascular diseases, over three quarters of the population that develops Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) do not show symptoms. Patients with PAD have an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and ischemic attack and PAD patients are six times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease within 10 years of being diagnosed versus healthy adults.
VitalScan Vascular+ Arterial Vascular Assessment enables specialists to isolate issues, track problems and manage patient health using noninvasive, oscillometric readings that are performed automatically and easily.