How does Intelliheart work?
The Intelliheart system comprises specialised equipment that measures:
- blood pressure
- heart rate variability
- blood vessel stiffness and
- the electrical activity of the heart
Together these measures provide an indication of the health of your heart and blood vessels.
These measures are assessed in combination with additional information that is relevant to your risk of cardiovascular disease, including:
- your blood cholesterol level
- your blood glucose level or whether you have diabetes
- your family history of cardiovascular disease
- whether you smoke
- your diet and exercise patterns and other lifestyle factors
All this information is relayed to a central server where it is processed by the Intelliheart software. A report of your cardiovascular health is generated, which helps you and your doctor take appropriate action.
How does Intelliheart help - you take action against cardiovascular disease?
The Intelliheart system works in four important ways.
- Screening for early signs of cardiovascular disease – Intelliheart can detect the early signs of blood vessel disease long before you experience the symptoms. This means that you and your doctor can take steps to slow or reverse the damage, and reduce the chances of you having a heart attack or stroke;
- Diagnosis of cardiovascular disease – if you have possible symptoms of cardiovascular disease, Intelliheart enables your doctor to make a clear diagnosis without requiring expensive and invasive procedures;
- Monitoring treatment and health status - Intelliheart also enables your doctor to monitor and manage your disease, to ensure the treatments provided are most successful; and
- Prevention – Intelliheart assesses your risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the first place, so that you can take steps to reduce that risk, through appropriate health management and lifestyle change.
How is Intelliheart different to other approaches?
At present, most tests to detect and assess cardiovascular disease are used after you experience symptoms or after you have a heart attack or stroke. The tests are complex and expensive and can require invasive procedures, so they are rarely used to detect early disease.
By contrast, Intelliheart is simple, non-invasive and inexpensive, and can be used in a GPs surgery or even in an office. It therefore presents a significant step forward in how we detect, manage and prevent cardiovascular disease.