Determine the effectiveness of your treatments and track the direction graphically of multiple regulatory systems over time.

Heart Quest (HQ) is the most advanced, non-invasive system that analyzes the human biorhythms and regulatory systems.  This allows health care practitioners of any field to quickly monitor the rhythmic patterns of the heart rate (this is known as Heart Rate Variability or HRV) by extracting data from an electro-cardio signal in the broadband frequency.  The HQ allows you to assess your patient’s total health through indices of the autonomic nervous system, neuro-hormonal system, psycho-emotional state, brain electrical activity, meridians, chakras in relation to the endocrine system. It analyzes the intricate web of interconnections regulating our highly complex physiology.  It also has an educational biofeedback balancing program that is customized for your client or patient. 


The Technology That Ties It All Together

For those of you that have complex patients and use multiple modalities and want to know if what you are doing is helping to improve your patients’ health or not, the tool for you is a device called the HeartQuest or HQ. Through continued research, Russian scientists were able to extract additional information from the standard EKG thus adding a new dimension to heart rate variability results. The information tells us not just about the autonomic nervous system regulation but also about the neurohormonal system, the psychoemotional status and the meridians from Chinese medicine. The HQ was further modified by Dr.Michael Kessler, Dr.Javdat Karimov, and Dr. Sondra Becchetti to make this system visually appealing and easy to interpret for the health practitioner and the patient. You can easily see if your patient is stuck in flight or fight which is sympathetic nervous system activity with very low parasympathetic nervous system activity. If a patient stays in this pattern we know there is going to be endocrine disruption, immune, digestive and cognitive problems. Treatment in this case may be to bring up parasympathetic nervous system activity since this this is where healing and regeneration takes place.

In the HQ there is a special individualized breathing program for your patient to accomplish an increase in parasympathetic tone .There are also many different patterns you will be able to see. You might see that the neurohormonal system is the predominant system regulating the body. This is not good since this system is a secondary backup when the autonomic nervous system is unable to do its job. Maybe you will see the parasympathetic nervous system as the predominant system and this could mean the patient is in a state of adrenal collapse. What I like to look at is the Vital Force reading that basically tells me about the patient’s vitality. If it is low I may not want to detox this patient.

There is something called the Stress Index and that tells you how hard the body’s regulatory systems have to work to maintain balance. Russian scientists have come up with a mathematical algorithm to extract the brain frequencies seen on an EEG of the brain from the EKG of the heart. What you might see with this is an indication of altered brain waves. A good example would be a high pulse rate on the HQ with a sympathetic nervous system dominance pattern and with high Beta waves which indicate that the patient may have anxiety creating this pattern. There is also a Neurohormonal Matrix that looks at 600 different connections of neurohormonal regulation. What we are looking at is a sequence of events that has to be perfectly coordinated such as melatonin that is supposed to be turned on at night to sleep and cortisol should be elevated in the morning to wake up. All hormones have a rhythm and need to be orchestrated in sync. You will be able to see visually how Bio-coherent their system is. Additionally, the HQ gives a biological age is versus the actual age and patients are really concerned about this number. There is also a graph showing the time it takes the body to produce energy and also the time it takes to spend this energy.

The complex Bio-Health Analysis breaks down each parameter of the entire analysis and gives you a percentage of where the patient is at in each of the following areas: cardiovascular adaption or how well the heart and vessels of the body can adapt to internal and external stimuli; autonomic nervous regulation index and sequentially the neuro hormonal regulation index; psychoemotional state and the percentage of total health based on all these parameters. This system will also compare the total health of the patient to a population of people of the same age.

The DYN screen is the area that will show you a comparison of the individual functional states from one treatment to the next. This is a very valuable screen to make sure your patients’ health is moving in the right direction. I have used the HQ to test various energetic modalities such as Ondamed, NES, REBA, Trinfinity, and ASYRA to see their effects on the regulatory systems of the body. By having this system you will gain incredible insights about how effective these various treatments are working including the effects of lifestyle changes, herbal and neutraceutical intervention. For those that incorporate Chinese medicine you will be able to see what meridians are imbalanced. This information is also extracted from the EKG of the heart which is a much more direct way to objectively analyzing the meridians than measuring the pulse since the heart is the source of what is measured at the wrist.
If you are an MD, DO, DC, Clinical Nutritionist, NMD, Lac or other health professional, the HQ is a must.



Meridian Assessment via HRV

Using the pulses to obtain information about organs such as the spleen, colon and stomach, etc. has been known since antiquity.  Modern tools such as the HeartQuest by Global Health Solutions makes obtaining this information even easier and more accurate.

In traditional Oriental assessment of the pulse wave, there are six points of measurement, three on the left wrist and three on the right wrist. There is also a distinction between superficial and deep pulse analysis.  An experienced practitioner is able to evaluate the distinct characteristics of each pulse point but it takes years to master this skill.

Using state of the art computer technology, the HeartQuest system analyzes the change in heart rhythm by measuring the duration of each heart cycle as it differs from the previous cycle and the next cycle. Sequential changes in the cardiac cycle duration forms a complex rhythm, which is then analyzed by the computer program. As in any profession, experience comes with age, but with a user friendly interface such as the HeartQuest, even a novice can master the basic techniques in a short time. This will allow a practitioner to assess the most important vital signs and functional state of the internal organs and body systems.

It would seem that the pulse wave in the arteries and heart rate variability would be two very different things. But what are the similarities? Those considering the HeartQuest may often ask this question. To answer this, we must at least get acquainted with the workings of the circulatory system.

We know that the network of blood vessels permeates the entire body. The movement of blood from the ventricles of the heart starts the blood flow and then, through the arteries and capillaries, the blood reaches the most remote parts of the body and returns to the atria through the veins. The circulatory system must constantly respond to the changing needs of the organism. For example, to do any physical work requires a serious flow of blood to the muscles, and to digest food, the flow of blood rushes to the stomach.

In addition, the circulatory system has to react to the needs of the internal organs. And it is through the needs of the organs that dictates the changes in the rhythm of the heart. A change in the pulse wave is a consequence of the changing rhythm of the heart.

To ensure that all organs receive enough blood, the nervous system collects information about the needs of the organs and systems, and regulates the heart and blood vessels. The task of any pulse assessment (both traditional and computer) is to find out how the circulatory system responds to the needs of the internal organs and body systems. Let’s simplify this concept.

We consider that the circulatory system and the internal organs are closely linked.  The initial movement of blood begins in the heart and only after that can we observe the blood movement in the arteries via the pulse wave.  So, we can say that the heart is the primary signal and the pulsation of blood in the arteries is the secondary.   And the farther the signal from the original source, the more distorted it is. You can compare it to a toy phone made out of two cans and a string.  The sound becomes more distorted and the quality is not the same as if we were standing close by and listening to the conversation. With modern tools such as plethysmography or sensors, we can measure blood flow by detecting the pulse in the capillaries at the fingertips.
To sum up so far, it is the initial response to the needs of the internal organs that results in the changes in heart rhythm.  And the changes in heart rhythm are reflected in the structure of the pulse wave. But if we understand the simple fact that the farther we are from the source of the measurement, the greater the noise, it may be wiser to look at the source. That is, listen to heart itself.

The ancients could not do it, since human fingers are not able to measure the cardiac cycle with an accuracy of one millisecond. Therefore, they "listened” to the pulse wave. That is, they worked with a secondary rhythm. Sensing the pulse wave took the role of representative of the original signal.  Thus initial changes in heart rhythm pulses differing from each other by only a few milliseconds are transformed into gentle pulse wave oscillations. These pulse wave oscillations can then be detected and analyzed by the practitioner.

So the ancient doctors used the pulses as the reflections of the original impulses of the heart. These points are called Chinese Cun, Guan, Chi. They are resonant with the frequencies given by the heart. Depending on what point is palpated by finger pressure and at what depth, the state of the organ or system corresponding to that point can be judged. If the response is very strong, it indicates hyperfunction, if weak it indicates hypofunction.   In a healthy person there is more of uniformly at all points, like a ripple, in both superficial and deep palpation.  But the results can be somewhat subjective of course based on the skill of the practitioner.

So, to repeat what we stated above, the assessment using the pulse wave is using the secondary signal that can be very distorted from the original signal. The pulse wave can change based on the elasticity of the artery walls and the presence of plaque for example. So, like we described before with the analogy of the “phone” using two cans and a string, we cannot expect to obtain the pure sound of the initial cardiac rhythm.

There are doctors in India, China and Tibet that have developed the art of "listening to the music of the heart," over thousands of years and they are very good at it. There is ongoing research in Russia where researchers are decoding the pure sound of the heart working with an unpolluted, clean signal.

Testimony of the HeartQuest by Dr. Greg Barsten