The BioClip®-CUFF is a simple way of assessing both your blood pressure condition and your arterial flexibility from the comfort of your own home.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Figure 2: 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
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 BioClip-CUFF® makes this simple by averaging your tests over time and therefore provides a more accurate result.
Figure 3, a close up of the BioClip-CUFF® readout, showing both blood pressure, heart rate and vascular flexibility results.
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.
Disclaimer: Please note that only your own physician can determine your precise needs, but in order to give you some information these answers are based upon the ‘average person’ and clinical / published results.
Q. My arterial stiffness results are fluctuating a lot what is wrong?
A. Check that there are no air leaks from the cuff or the pipe and check the connection of the pipe into the unit. Also check the condition of the batteries and replace them if necessary.
Q. There are changes in the arterial stiffness readings when I measure back to back- why?
A. The BioClip-CUFF® is designed to give an average reading over time, ideally over a 2-4 week period, so you should use the average facility to determine your arterial stiffness- as well as blood pressure etc.
Q. How can I get the best out of the device?
A. Follow the instructions carefully; for example, try to always test at the same time of day, don’t eat or drink anything an hour before a test, be relaxed and calm beforehand, make sure the cuff is properly attached to a naked arm and is at the same height as your heart.
Q. Can I improve my arterial stiffness results?
A. Yes you can and IAS has published on this subject. There are both lifestyle choices as well as supplements that can make a significant difference within several weeks. Please contact us for further details.