Understanding blood dynamics
Hemodynamic monitoring is the repeated assessment of circulatory function over time. Perturbations in circulatory function are expected during physiologic stress, such as exercise, sickness, trauma, pregnancy, physical and mental stress. Uncontrolled, these perturbations can lead to tissue degeneration, ultimately resulting in morbidity and mortality.
As such, hemodynamic monitoring is a fundamental component of delivering a complete assessment of cardiovascular health.
To improve health and wellness and extend life, hemodynamic monitoring must not only be of high quality and definition, but the measurements must also be interpreted correctly. Poor quality measurements or a misinterpretation of hemodynamic monitors will lead to incorrect therapeutic decisions resulting in adverse outcomes.
Four major factors interact to affect blood pressure: cardiac output, blood volume, vascular resistance, and blood viscosity. When these factors increase, blood pressure also increases. Arterial blood pressure is maintained within normal ranges by changes in cardiac output and peripheral resistance. By analyzing the effect of these factors in an individual patient over long periods of time, GTcardio can provide decision making support to the doctor on optimal treatment and lifestyle interventions. Eighty percent of cardiovascular diseases are preventable if treated correctly.