Decoding HRV

In the big-data and data-driven era, we all love numbers, measurement,  analytical report, etc. With the advent of smart wearable, now we can easily pick up information like brainwave, heart rate, blood glucose level, etc. without the need to pay a visit to our nearest clinic. More health assessment methods were developed over the last two decades that are technically acceptable by the medical standards. Heart Rate Variable (HRV) measurement, is one of such techniques used to assess and track our well-being.

What is Heart Rate Variable (HRV)?

HRV is the measurement of time variation between heartbeat. This variation picks up by our autonomic nervous system (ANS), part of our central nervous system. ANS regulates our correspond mechanism like heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and breathing. ANS consist of sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (relaxation) nervous systems according to body feedback to the brain. This mechanism is important to our survival and overall well-being.

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So here comes the measurement part. We can measure the heartbeat time variation to determine if a person has any imbalances in the autonomic nervous system. Your HRV is low if you are always in the fight or flight mode. The variation will be higher in comparison when you are in the relaxation mode, however. Research has shown a relationship between low HRV and depression, anxiety and in some cases, increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Studies have also shown that heart rate variability (HRV) is a reliable predictor of overall health and longevity. Improving your HRV means a stronger ability to handle stress, a lower risk of life-threatening heart disease, and a longer, healthier life. In general, the higher the HRV, the better and healthier the individual is. Too little variation may indicate age-related system depletion, chronic stress, pathology, or inadequate functioning in various levels of self-regulatory control systems. Through iMORE every iMRS system has the built-in ability to evaluate and over time to enhance your HRV.

What happens during PEMF stimulation

When your whole body is subjected to PEMF stimulation, regardless you can feel it or not, your ANS will be able to pick up the impact signals how your body is reacting to it. Usually, there is a roller coaster experience by your body as it receives and responses to the stimulation during the session. Your body is constantly adjusting itself during the whole period. As such, the HRV reading will see occasional lower HRV (sympathetic) or higher HRV (parasympathetic) throughout. Very seldom you see a flat HRV response throughout a 16-24 minutes session.

What is iMORE

iMRS’s (interactive MOnitoring and REgulation) biofeedback system is based on the concept of HRV monitoring to assess how your body (ANS) is responding to the PEMF stimulation. Aside from reading the HRV,  it will automatically adjust the intensity in response to the bio-feedback. It uses a 7-level HRV category that corresponds to the 8 level of the intensities available in the iMRS system. For instance, if the system detects your body has a stressor-response (lower HRV), it will reduce the stimulation intensity accordingly.

Benefits of iMORE

iMRS can be used with or without iMORE. With iMORE, users can benefit by

  • Minimizing the guesswork on the optimal intensity level for a specific session to achieve best possible stimulation outcome.
  • When used together with iGuide,  it offers a perfect complement to address the differences in the individual’s response to the recommended intensity setting.

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