BioClip®Cuff- monitoring your vascular condition
The BioClip®Cuff is a simple way of assessing both your blood pressure condition and your arterial flexibility; plus, you can use the BioClip®Cuff in the comfort of your own home because you simply attach the device to your arm just like an ordinary blood pressure cuff.
What does the BioClip®Cuff measure?
The BioClip®Cuff provides a series of metabolic indicators that you can use to improve your lifestyle and so help to prevent the causes of cardiovascular disease. We all know the risks of being overweight, of having high cholesterol or suffering from high blood pressure. We also know how to reduce those risks – by exercising more, not smoking, reducing our alcohol intake and eating a balanced diet.
- Diastolic blood pressure
- Systolic blood pressure
- The heart rate
- Vascular condition – which linked to arterial flexibility. Few of us know about the hidden dangers of arterial inflexibility, or how to measure it. This is where the BioCUFF™ is unique being as it is the first at-home device able of delivering this information to you within minutes.
What is arterial flexibility?
The BioClip®Cuff works by evaluating your arterial flexibility, which experts say is one of the most important risk factors when it comes to assessing the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke. Arteries are important because they’re responsible for blood flow around your body via your cardiovascular system. To work properly, it’s crucial that your arteries are kept healthy.
The poorer your vascular condition, the greater your chances of serious health issues
Our arteries usually stiffen with advancing age. This brings with it a greater risk of a potentially fatal heart attack, heart failure or stroke, as is shown in figure 1.
Arterial stiffness is a biomarker of aging, as shown here arterial stiffness tends to increase with age.
Source: Millasseau et al., Clinical Science, 2002
You may not recognise the heart failure symptoms as your arteries begin to stiffen
Unfortunately arterial stiffness can occur without warning. Often there are no symptoms of cardiovascular disease and people don’t suspect they are in danger until they suffer an attack. Figure 2 highlights that arterial stiffness is strongly correlated with mortality.
Three groups (each approximately 80 persons) were monitored over 140 months for their survivability. Those in the flexible artery groups (marked as PWV <9.4 m/s and 9.4-12.0 m/s) survive best losing approx. 25%. But those in the hard artery group (marked as PWV >12.0 m/s) 90% of them die in the same period.
Source: ESRD, Blacher et al. Journal of Circulation, 1999
How the BioClip®Cuff helps you
The BioClip®Cuff provides a cardiovascular condition scale, shown by LED bars- that are either within the green zone (good), yellow zone (fair) or red zone (poor) – see figure 3.
It is important to note that like blood pressure, vascular condition should be monitored over time and not just taken as one reading. The BioCUFF™ makes this simple by averaging your tests over time and therefore provides a more accurate result.
The BioClip®Cuff is easy to use
The BioClip®Cuff doesn’t puncture your skin and is used on its own, without any additional attachments. The procedure is straightforward and you don’t need to link to a computer, as the results are shown on the BioClip®Cuff screen. Note: If you want to see it in action there is a video available at the IAS website.
Armed with this information it’s easy to keep a check on your cardiovascular health and the risks associated with arterial stiffness, such as heart attacks and strokes. Armed with this information it is possible to make changes to your lifestyle and supplement program to improve results and keep you biologically younger!
Above all, the BioClip®Cuff provides reassurance and a vital early warning system that helps you to be aware of changes and therefore keep your vascular condition in check.