It has long been known that the significance of the health of the heart is extremely important. Today it is even more important to know the health of one’s heart, it is the number one cause of death. In 2014 the National Center for Health Statistics stated that heart disease killed 611,105 people. Thirty percent of the time - death was the first symptom of a heart problem.
So how does one evaluate the health of the heart?
Today there are several primary methods that are commonly used by a doctor to evaluate the heart: The basic and most common one is listening to the heart with a stethoscope, another is the electrocardiograph (EKG) and then there is the echocardiograph.
The EKG is a means in which one records the electrical impulses as they move through the nerves of the heart tissue. It is helpful in determining if the heart has suffered from trauma. Damage can be due: To a prior heart attack, infection, pressure on the heart or a severe nutritional imbalances.
The echocardiograph (Echo) uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart. It shows the size and shape of the heart, the inner chambers of the heart and how well the heart valves are working. The Echo can pinpoint areas of the heart muscle that aren’t contracting well (due to lack of blood flow to that area), how well the valves are working, and if there is pressure on the heart from fluid buildup in the pericardium (the sac around the heart).
Both the EKG and the Echo are means that the medical community utilizes for looking to see if the heart is in a diseased state. Listening with a stethoscope can also help find a diseased heart.
There is another means of checking the status of the heart. It is a device called the endocardiograph and it enables one to “see” the sounds of the heart that one normally does not hear.
It is not like the others because the endocardiograph is used not for finding a disease state, but more importantly - for looking at the heart as a window to ones overall health. This was pointed out to the medical community in 1939 by Dr. Royal Lee but was largely ignored.
“The heart is the most reflective muscle of balanced nutrition or malnutrition…
something this country has a hard time accepting.”
In 1937. Dr. Royal Lee, designed and patented a device that could record the sounds that were normally heard through a stethoscope. Its primary purpose was to provide the hard data of the sounds that were emitted from the chest wall as the heart contracted. The device produced a graph and he called it (the graph and the machine) an endocardiogram.
For over 75 years, Dr. Lee and other doctors used the endocardiogram as a “tool” for determining the overall nutritional state of an individual. It was observed that changes in body chemistry almost instantly show up in how the heart functions; therefore, it was and is possible to gather information from the endocardiogram that points to the overall nutritional needs of an individual. The doctors using the machine also discovered that they could validate the efficacy of specific nutrition by comparing the changes in endocardiograms before and after administering supplements.
Essentially, the endocardiograph can be helpful in determining your current nutritional status because it uses your heart to produce a picture not only of your heart’s health but also of your overall nutritional needs. The tissues of the heart are composed of muscle, ligaments, arteries, veins and nerves; the same tissues that are found throughout your body.
The primary function of the heart is to pump blood. If the blood is not at its optimal consistency or the kidneys or the liver are not at optimal functional levels, the heart has to work harder – That is reflected in the endocardiograph.
This is perhaps the best and simplest way of gaining quick and accurate insights into ones basic biochemistry. For one that is trained in evaluating the endocardiogram it “paints a picture” of a possible need for: B Vitamins, Vitamin E, bioflavonoids, fatty acids, calcium and provides insight into the functional status of the adrenals, vascular and liver (biliary system).
Today the Present Day Endocardiogram is registered as a Heart Sound Recorder
Heart sounds produce a vibration on the chest wall and with the help of today’s technology are recorded in a similar way that a seismograph detects and depicts the intensity and duration of movements in the ground (i.e. earthquake). The machine uses an accelerometer to sense these vibrations and it is extremely accurate – providing a detailed recording of the heart sounds.
Here at this office - The Heart Sound Recorder is not a tool used to diagnosis conditions. It is very useful as a nutritional observational tool. It helps with:
- Determine if your current nutrition is working
- Seeing how the heart function when additional nutrition is supplied to the body
- Clarifying what nutritional support the rest of the body needs
- Preventing a health crises’ due to poor nutrition
- Providing direction in helping people achieving an optimal state of wellness
- Creating a record that can show the progress of therapeutic program