Analyse patient treatment & surgical outcomes
InBody’s four core technologies give doctors the ability to provide a precise health assessment to their patients who are overweight or have risk factors associated with CVD. The data generated by the InBody provide outputs such as body fat mass, total body water and lean body mass. InBody devices also provide Visceral Fat Analysis so doctors and patients can monitor changes in the fat around organs. InBody devices can also identify swelling or fluid retention, which can put extra strain on the heart and lead to further issues.
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Why is body composition analysis an effective tool for Monitoring cardiovascular diseases?
Body composition is important for understanding a patient’s cardiovascular health. High blood volume, increased water levels in the body, strains on the heart are all issues that stem from conditions from being excessively overweight. BMI is commonly used to determine a patient’s risk for cardiovascular disease; however, BMI overlooks a patients’ visceral fat that is often linked to a higher risk for cardiovascular risk. By using this method, doctors cannot determine how much of a patient’s body is muscle or fat.
On the other hand, body composition analysis differentiates between a patient’s muscle, fat, and water levels. Studies have proven InBody DSM-BIA body composition analysers are an effective tool for monitoring patients with cardiovascular disease and improving surgical outcomes. InBody devices ensure cardiology professionals can be certain that the outputs generated precisely reflect changes within the patient.
Disclaimer: InBody devices should be used as an adjunct tool for clinical decision making and are not intended to diagnose or treat any diseases.
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Assess cellular health to assess surgical risks & outcomes
Phase angle – a measure of how the cells respond to the electrical currents used to measure body composition, reflects cell membrane integrity and has been linked to survival in various oncological populations. When cells are healthy, they are better able to resist these currents utilised by the InBody, resulting in a higher phase angle.
Monitor nutritional status of cardiac patients
Phase angle reflects changes in cellular health that occur before the onset of cardiac cachexia or circulation issues. Monitoring of changes in phase angle is not only used to track patient status but is closely linked to surgical risks and outcomes in cardiac patients.
By assessing these outputs over time, a patient’s nutritional status can be monitored as they progress through a rehabilitation program and complications related to interventions or surgeries can potentially be avoided.
Improve quality of cardiac rehabilitation
After a cardiac event, patients often undergo rehabilitation, consisting of health education, nutrition counseling, and exercise training, to improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of recurrence. However, cardiac rehabilitation programs rely on BMI as a marker for changes in nutritional status even though it is not an effective method for tracking changes in body composition and health status.
Ability to develop individualised treatment plans
By using InBody, professionals can monitor a patient’s muscle-fat balance to guide nutritional interventions and track progress throughout the rehabilitation program. InBody measures lean mass and edema index that can further aid in the assessment of muscle loss that may be masked by increase fluid retention.
The Muscle-Fat Analysis provides the patient a more precise representation of their muscle and fat balance, while also tracking changes in muscle, fat and fluid over time through the Body Composition History section. This chart provides an educational outline to start discussion towards lifestyle change and can guide nutritional interventions as well as monitor exercise progress through rehabilitation programs. Patients are provided a visual representation of progress to stay motivated while professionals are able to make adjustments to their programs as needed.
Segmental ECW/TBW Water Analysis
Assess fluid balance in each body segment
InBody provides an Edema Index, the precise measurement of the ratio of extracellular to total body water. Monitoring the Edema Index (ECW/TBW) provides an assessment of fluid accumulation in the extracellular space resulting from compromised cardiovascular function. The Edema Index reflects changes in cardiac and circulatory function, underlying circulation issues, and the effectiveness of diuretics. By using the Edema Index to assess fluid balance, cardiology professionals can develop more effective fluid management strategies to improve patient outcomes.
Diagnose circulation issues
In addition to Whole Body ECW/TBW, Edema Indices specific to each segment of the body (arms, legs, and trunk) indicate where region-specific fluid imbalances may be occurring. The arms and legs can be monitored separately to identify circulation issues in the extremities, and truncal edema, which is often the most difficult to identify, can now be quantified and monitored.
Why do cardiologists trust InBody?
Biometric data is gathered by InBody’s four core technologies to deliver quick, non-invasive and precise results. These technologies allow you to trust that the results reflect your patients’ true health from the inside out.
InBody uses multiple frequencies to provide a precise analysis.
By using several different frequencies, more resistance values are attained, providing more information during the analysis. The InBody 970 uses 8 frequencies to measure each segment of the body, providing a total of 30 separate impedance values.
Electrical currents have a different penetration force depending on the frequency. Low frequencies measure the water outside the cell (extracellular water), as they are unable to penetrate the cell wall. Higher frequencies will measure the water content inside the cell (intracellular water) because it penetrates the cell wall.
By using a diverse set of frequencies, the InBody can measure water contents inside and outside the cell separately. Controlling the path of high frequency waves is very difficult. This technical know-how is an InBody specific specialty and has been accumulated over many years of experience in the field.
8-Point Tactile Electrode System
When measuring impedance through any type of electrode, contact resistance occurs. It is important to control the contact resistance, in order to correctly measure the resistance in the body.
The 8-point tactile method separates the current and voltage starting point. This measurement always begins at a fixed point in the wrists and ankles. This is advantageous, as the contact resistance from the skin has been removed. This creates the high precision of reproducing the results that InBody are renowned for.
Measuring the body parts individually
The technical term for this is Direct Segmental Multi-frequency Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (DSM-BIA). It separately measures the impedance (resistance to alternating electric currents) of the trunk, arms, and legs of our body.
This new measurement concept measures the resistance of the cross point of two flows and takes the resistance values of the arms, legs and the body trunk.
Why is this important? The human body is composed of five cylinders: the arms, legs and trunk. With the technology of the InBody, the trunk is directly measured. The trunk is occupied by various internal organs and its metabolic characteristics are different from the other parts of the body. Although difficult, it is important to precisely and directly measure the trunk, since the trunk has very low resistance compared to the arms and legs.
No Statistical Data Needed
InBody is the only BIA device that measures body composition without relying on age and gender to make assumptions about your measurement. The results are extremely precise, and as unique as the person standing on the device.
InBody provides individualised result for better tracking of progress to help you achieve your goals. You can change your age and/or gender on an InBody device and your measurement will not change because you have not changed.
This is one of the underpinning reasons why InBody is used around the world in extensive studies and utilised by top sports people, medical institutions and NASA.