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IntelliHeart

Intelliheart is an innovative Australian approach to the assessment of cardiovascular disease. In addition to conventional investigations such as ECG, blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol IntellHeart incorporates a number of innovative tests such as pulse wave analysis (PWA), heart rate variability (HRV) that place it at the frontline in the battle against heart disease.

Intelliheart Test Components

During an intelliheart consultation, your will receive the following tests:

  • Pulse Wave Analysis - evaluates overall stiffness of the arteries to assess heart disease progression and risk.
  • ECG - A graphical representation of the electrical activity of the heart over time to measure and diagnose abnormal rhythms of the heart.
  • Heart Rate Variability - examines the beat-to-beat alteration in the heart rate, a potentially powerful tool in helping to predict future heart problems.
  • BMI - Body Mass Index statistical measure of the weight of a person scaled according to height.
  • Waist-hip Ratio - the ratio of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips. A good indicator of cardiovascular risk factors and body fat distribution.
  • Total Cholesterol - a type of fat that is transported around the body through arteries. Abnormally high cholesterol levels are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease because these may promote atheroma development in arteries (atherosclerosis).
  • Triglycerides - another type of fat found in the blood stream. When dietary fat is digested it forms triglycerides, which are absorbed into the blood. A high blood triglyceride may increase the risk of blood clots and may lead to a reduction in ‘good' (HDL) cholesterol, which is a negative effect.
  • HDL Cholesterol or "healthy cholesterol" - type of fat found in the bloodstream that carries fatty acids and cholesterol from the body's tissues to the liver. HDL can remove cholesterol from atheroma within arteries and transport it back to the liver for excretion or re-utilization-which is the main reason why HDL-bound cholesterol is commonly called "good cholesterol". A high level of HDL cholesterol is often protective against cardiovascular diseases, and low HDL cholesterol levels may increase the risk for heart disease.
  • LDL Cholesterol or "unhealthy cholesterol' - a type of fat that transports cholesterol and triglycerides from the liver to peripheral tissues. It is commonly referred to as "bad cholesterol" because high levels of LDL cholesterol may be associated with atherosclerosis, and thus heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
  • Blood Glucose - a sugar that is transported via the bloodstream that is the primary source of energy for the body's cells. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time are an indication of metabolic disturbances (ie. diabetes)
  • Blood pressure - pressure of circulating blood. High blood pressure is associated with ones risk for stroke and heart disease.

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