Vital System Assessment Test - VSAT
At Precision Pain Care we are concerned about a patient's overall health. VSAT testing helps identify risk factors for cardiovascular events, strokes and neuropathies, and also provides valuable information about trends related to a patient's response to treatment for a specific pain problem.
VSAT consists of three tests:
1. Heart Rate Variability is a measure of the minute variations in R-R wave intervals and is considered the best surrogate measure of parasympathetic/sympathetic balance. HRV is also an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In patients without known cardiovascular disease, low HRV scores were found to increase the risk of a first CV event by 32-45%. Low HRV has also been directly associated with progression of coronary atherosclerosis. Notably, the Framingham Study found that reduced heart rate variability was the only predictor of risk for sudden cardiac death. Later studies have also supported this finding.
2. Pulse Wave Velocity is the gold standard non-invasive test for arterial elasticity and is an independent predictor of risk for adverse cardiovascular events, including stroke and myocardial infarction.
3. Sudomotor Function Testing helps diagnose and monitor the progression of neuropathies, especially stocking/glove diabetic neuropathy.
Non-invasive and preventive testing of the cardiovascular & neurological systems
These three tests provide detailed information about risks for cardiovascular and neurological disease, often before other tests would show any abnormality.
Statistically, for every 100-150 VSAT tests completed, at least one life-saving intervention will be indicated. This has been confirmed by our experience at Precision Pain Care.
VSAT testing is also sensitive to changes in medications and lifestyle. It quickly reflects improvements or disease progression. This shows whether treatment efforts are properly working to increase health.
Each test is validated by dozens of years of use and hundreds of pages of scientific study showing safety and efficacy.
No injections, blood draws or treadmills. VSAT only requires topically applied sensors.
VSAT saves lives and helps preserve quality of life. VSAT testing provides vital health information before other tests do, allowing early intervention to prevent further problems.
VSAT is covered by Medicare and most insurance, although copays and deductibles may apply.