What is your MicroVascular Health Score and why do you need to know it?
A healthy microvascular system is important to provide nutrients and oxygen to all the cells in our body and remove waste products away from our organs.
Nutrients and oxygen enter the blood via the intestinal system and lungs respectively, and are distributed to our organs via the large arterial blood vessels. Inside the organs, deliveryof nutrients and oxygen from blood to tissue cells occurs in the smallest blood vessels that are very close to individual tissue cells. These microvessels are imaged by the GlycoCheck system and a number of important parameters are measured to be able to determine the health of the microvascularsystem.
A healthy microvascular system should have a sufficient number of microvessels that facilitate blood flow to the tissue cells. The GlycoCheck system measures the total number of blood vessels (TOTAL DENSITY) and also determines how many of these are used to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the tissue cells by assessing the red cell content (RBC Filling%) of each individual blood vessel. The subset of blood vessels that is functionally relevant (VALID DENSITY) contains a sufficient number of red blood cells as reflected by high score of the so-called RBC Filling%.
To maintain a healthy microvascular system and to prevent loss of microvessels, the microvascular system is coated on the inside of each individual microvessel with a protective gel-lining, called the GLYCOCALYX. This protective coating prevents blood cells from sticking
to the wall and fluid from leaking through the walls of microvessels. The GlycoCheck system measures how deep red blood cells can penetrate into the protective glycocalyx coating, which is reflected in the PBR value. A high value means deeper penetration and more damage of the glycocalyx lining.
Overall health of the microvascular system is represented by the MVHS Score (MicroVascular Health Score) that is calculated from VALID DENSITY, TOTAL DENSITY, RBC Filling% (higher values reflect better health) and PBR (lower values are better).
Guidelines for Assessment
For the most accurate results, the following guidelines should be followed:
- Do not eat for 4 hours prior totesting.
- Do not exercise for 12 hours prior to testing.
- Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours prior totesting.
- Drink at least 1 quart of water 1 hour before yourtest.
- Do not drink caffeine the day of yourtest.
- 15–20 minutes of rest (to reduce level of stress) before your test.
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