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The United States of America has significant heart health issues. One out of every three adults in the U.S., approximately 70 million people, currently have high blood pressure challenges according to the Center for Disease Control. This means that, unfortunately, a great many of us have seen or experienced a surprise cardiovascular incident.

We all have friends and family who take blood pressure medications, cholesterol medications, beta blockers, and more out of concern for their health. Certainly, there are heart health tests you’re all familiar with: blood pressure, cholesterol, and pulse. However, there’s one you most likely haven’t done.

The most important test for cardiovascular health that your doctor probably hasn’t ordered is the NeuroPulse Test, which measures the relationship or ratio between how your nerve system is handling stress and your heart rate variability.

Obviously, of the organs needed to survive, the nerve system and heart are at the top. Thus, measuring the relationship of how the nerve system and heart adapt to what we put our bodies through day in and day out is of vital value. We’ve all heard of the person who was in great shape, really fit, like a professional athlete or a marathon runner, who suddenly, maybe while playing their sport, had a heart attack with no warning. How can that be? We all want an explanation and the NeuroPulse Test helps us get to the bottom of an event like that. The fact is that a fit and healthy person having a cardiovascular event is an example of how the nerve system and the heart operate together, and what can happen when that system is compromised.


You have two systems comprising your autonomic nervous system: a sympathetic nervous system and a parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is your gas pedal and the parasympathetic nervous system is your brake pedal. If you’re out of balance in either, that can put undue stress on your cardiovascular system, causing it to run out of resources which puts you at risk for heart conditions. In fact, Dr. Thomas Cowan said that most heart attacks are likely caused by an imbalance in your central and autonomic nervous system. (ow.ly/FXaxR) In this article, cardiologist, Dr. Cowan, explains that to overcome the epidemic of heart disease, a new medical paradigm is needed and that the conventional theory of plaques is not enough. He discusses the real revolution in prevention and treatment of heart disease will come with measuring heart rate variability because of the role that the autonomic nerve system plays. When the central nervous system and autonomic nervous system are not coordinated between the branches of sympathetic and parasympathetic it leads to risk of cardiovascular incidents.

Chiropractic care can help align the nervous system to create an environment that supports heart health. Network Family Wellness Center published research of changes in heart rate variability as a result of care for spinal structure and neural behavior (https://networkwellnesscenters.com/new-research-heart-rate-variability .) Many additional research studies have found that chiropractic can help lower blood pressure, incredible as it seems, sometimes the equivalent of a double dose of blood pressure medication. One study conducted at the University of Chicago found that, in 50 test subjects with high blood pressure and spinal subluxations in their cervical spine, blood pressure dramatically dropped after just one chiropractic adjustment. (study referenced: http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2007/20070314-atlas.html)

In clinical practice, I have seen this time and time again. I have seen at-risk patients taking significant medications have their needs change under the advisement of their medical practitioner because, as their nervous system got healthier, their body’s responses to stress changed.

Get your NeuroPulse tested during Heart Health Month. Network Family Wellness Center is supporting our community by providing free NeuroPulse screening tests. Much like having a blood pressure screening to see if there’s a risk, we are doing NeuroPulse screenings to see if your nerve system is overwhelmed on either the sympathetic or parasympathetic side causing your resources to wear down and putting your heart at risk. Don’t guess your stress, test your stress. Call Network Family Wellness Center at 303-998-1000 today four click the link below to schedule your free NeuroPulse screening.

By Dr. Daniel KnowlesFebruary 17, 2018

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