Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
What is HRV:
HRV measures the difference in the amount of time between each heartbeat. There are two ways to measure HRV:
- Amplitude or how much variability - Variability is measured in 10-second cycles. The more, the better. The goal for people under 50 is 20 beats of variability. After 50, this generally reduces to 10 beats of variability.
- Pattern - If you were to plot the variability between heart beats on a graph, you would want the graph to show smooth sign wave patterns - the smoother and taller, the better.
What are the benefits of increased HRV:
High HRV correlates with a healthy heart, a longer and healthier life, as well as increased happiness and positive emotions. Very low HRV is the leading indicator of many causes of illness and death:
- Blood pressure and thermoregulation begin to normalize.
- Brain synchronizes with the heart, creating better performance on cognitive tasks and increased reaction time.
- Immune system boosts.
- Heart rate normalizes.
- Positive emotions increase.
- Increased HRV is healthy for mind, body and emotion enhancing overall quality and longevity of life.
High HRV correlates with a healthy heart, a longer and healthier life, as well as increased happiness and positive emotions.
HRV can be improved.
There are two ways to increase it:
- Breath: a consistent breathing cycle of 5 seconds in and 5 seconds out will help you achieve increased HRV
- Positive emotions: the second way to increase HRV is to access positive emotions such as appreciation, calm and joy.
How Healing Rhythms helps:
HR teaches your patients specific breathing and relaxation techniques proven to increase their HRV. The butterfly on the Grapher screen is an excellent guide to the 10-second breath cycle to improve your HRV (5 seconds in, 5 seconds out).
Optimal HRV appears on-screen in two ways:
- Pattern: A smooth sign wave pattern indicates goods HRV.
- Amplitude: The deeper the wave, the better.
The color spectrum is another way to track HRV.
When your HRV improves, you will move through the color patterns from yellow, to green, to blue. The more blue the better!
- Blue = High HRV
- Green = Medium HRV
- Yellow = Low HRV