Introduction

This is how VASCASSIST works

VASCASSIST is an ideal resource for general practitioners, medical and prophylactic specialists, wound care physicians and many others. It is very suited to health practitioners who wish to offer their patients routine preventive vascular screening and the earliest possible diagnosis of vascular disease.

First of all VASCASSIST is a blood pressure measurement device with four cuffs for measurement of the four limbs. By means of the very precise measurement device the general blood pressure status can be measured, the important comparison of right and left body sides can be performed and specifically the Ankle-Brachial Index can be calculated for early identification and diagnosis of PAOD (peripheral arterial occlusive disease, intermittent claudication).

But that is only the start. In contrast to other devices that simply calculate   the Ankle-Brachial Index, VASCASSIST not only measures the four blood pressures but also by correlating them chronologically determines the   peripheral pulse wave velocity, which contributes in a very versatile manner to the assessment of vascular status.

Further, VASCASSIST can record the pulse curves, transmit them to a PC and display them graphically there. The visualization of pulse curves contributes significantly to the final interpretation of measurement results when they are not completely unambiguous.
It is the combination of the measurement of blood pressure, the derivation of pulse wave velocity and the visualization of pulse curves that place VASCASSIST in a class of its own for price and precision and make it an all-purpose, differential diagnostic tool in the realm of the early identification of vascular damage.

Become a prevention expert!

The special thing about VASCASSIST is that no highly specific expert knowledge is necessary for vascular screening. Your interest in vascular prophylaxis and your will to offer your patients - especially your high-risk patients – a high-quality measure of vascular preventive care is sufficient. This can reduce or prevent suffering, and - after the introduction of remedial measures - can make a significant contribution to the prolongation of life.

The VASCASSIST measurement results speak for themselves. With the help of a refined four-quadrant diagram produced by the VASCVIEWER software the measurement results are displayed graphically in a pleasing and easily understandable form with green, yellow and red zones. This style of representation rapidly gives you an increasing overview of arterial status.

With some practice and experience you quickly develop an “expert view” for the interpretation of the measurement results. Many vascular diseases even in their early stages show typical patterns of measurement points on the diagram. In cases of doubt you can take the shapes of the pulse measurements additionally into consideration. These also often display typical forms characteristic of the specific disease that can support your diagnosis.

As this measurement is so important, painless and uncomplicated you should encourage your patients to have it repeated regularly as a preventive measure - at best life-long. And should your patients already suffer from vascular disorders you can use the measurement as a progress check with a positive motivational aspect.

Here you can see the protocols of some important findings as examples.

The blood pressure measurement device for an inside view of the arteries

arteries

Detailed imaging diagnostic of PAOD is associated with high costs and complexity and is therefore not suitable for mass screening in daily medical practice.

VASCASSIST gives you the possibility of cardiovascular diagnosis based on automatic blood pressure measurement but offering far more information than is usually the case.

  • Determination of blood pressure using four blood pressure cuffs simultaneously applied to both upper arms and both ankles
  • Fully automated calculation of the Ankle-Brachial-Index as required in many guidelines as a specific indicator of PAOD
  • Measurement of pulse wave velocity as a parameter of the arterial vessel stiffness and as a further indicator of arterial vessel stenosis
  • Visualization of pulse pressure waves for diagnostic interpretation
  • Pulse frequency and dysrhythmia can be displayed
  • Comparison between blood pressures on the right and left sides of the body

Read more...

Efficient PAD diagnosis by automatic measurement of ankle-brachial index and pulse wave velocity.

The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is regarded as extremely reliable indicator of symptomatic and asymptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and is ideal as an objective parameter for PAD screening.

If the ABI is automatically determined by by oscillometric arm and ankle measurement using VASCASSIST, the measurement is much easier than using  the conventional Doppler method, which can only be performed by experienced users.

Read more...