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January 24 2018

Shire residents gain access to ground-breaking technology that predicts risk of heart disease 10 years before blood pressure rises

Burraneer-based health practitioner now has the only SphygmoCor XCEL device south of Prince of Wales Hospital, which calculates the age of a person’s arteries, based on how stiff they are


Burraneer, NSW


Breakthrough technology which accurately predicts your risk of heart and kidney disease, and can help guide better treatment decisions, is now available in the Shire. The SphygmoCor XCEL, which was developed by an Australian company, AtCor Medical, from research conducted at the University of New South Wales, provides an in-depth assessment of the health of your arteries, and how hard your heart is having to work to pump blood around your body.

The standard blood pressure cuff that your doctor uses simply measures brachial blood pressure – the pressure in the main artery of the arm. The SphygmoCor measures central aortic pressure – the pressure at the heart itself – which is a much better predictor of your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It also estimates the age of your arteries by measuring how stiff they are. It’s completely safe, non-invasive, and no undressing is required.

“The standard blood pressure readings that you get from your doctor don’t always provide the most accurate and helpful information,” explains nutritionist and Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, Robyn Chuter, who is now using the SphygmoCor in her Burraneer practice. “Some patients end up being taking medications they don’t need, and which can actually harm them, because they have ‘white coat hypertension’ – their blood pressure goes up when the doctor takes it, but it’s normal the rest of the time. Others are prescribed medications that won’t reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke because they’re targeting the wrong mechanism of high blood pressure – unfortunately, a standard blood pressure cuff can’t tell you what part of your cardiovascular system is making your blood pressure go up, whereas the SphygmoCor can. Others still are falsely reassured that they’re at low risk of having a heart attack or stroke because their blood pressure appears normal, whereas in reality their arteries are stiffening and their heart is working harder than it should be; it’s just that it might take another 10 years before they develop high blood pressure, and in the mean time their arteries and kidneys are getting severely damaged. The detailed information provided by the SphygmoCor helps to guide better treatment decisions in each of these cases.”

Chuter is also excited by the potential of SphygmoCor readings to motivate her clients to make positive lifestyle changes. “One of the things I love about using this device with clients is that it calculates the age of their arteries, based on how stiff they are. When a person sees that their arteries are 20 years older than their chronological age, it’s a huge wake-up call. On the other hand, it’s reassuring for someone like my husband, who has a family history of stroke and dementia, which is strongly related to heart disease, to see that all the healthy lifestyle behaviours he practises, such as plant-based eating and regular exercise, are paying off – according to the SphygmoCor, his arteries are 40 years younger than he is!”

Over 1,000 peer‐reviewed studies utilising the SphygmoCor have been published in scientific and medical journals. “That’s important to me,” says Chuter, “because I only want to offer evidence-based tests and treatments to my clients.” Chuter is also planning to utilise the SphygmoCor in her own PhD research. Chuter went on, “It’s reassuring for me as a health practitioner that the SphymoCor provides accurate information on clients’ risk of cardiovascular disease so that I can develop more targeted Lifestyle Medicine treatment plans, and also give them information to relay to their doctor. But it’s even better for my clients – instead of just explaining to them that, for example, studies published in the medical literature show that reducing salt makes arteries less stiff in just a couple of weeks, they will actually be able to see the impact of cutting salt by getting a before-and-after measurement from the SphymoCor. For most people, seeing is believing!”

The device is listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia, has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States, and is also in use in both research centres and medical clinics throughout Europe, Japan and China. It is considered the gold standard for noninvasive measurement of central blood pressure and pulse wave velocity.



About Robyn Chuter:

Robyn Chuter runs a private Lifestyle Medicine consulting practice in Burraneer. She is a qualified naturopath, nutritionist and counsellor, and recently earned a Bachelor of Health Science with First Class Honours form Edith Cowan University.

Lifestyle Medicine is the therapeutic use of diet, exercise, sleep and rest, social engagement and stress management to prevent, treat and even reverse lifestyle-related conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and overweight/obesity. Lifestyle Medicine practitioners aim to empower their clients or patients to take charge of their own health by both teaching them the specific benefits of healthier lifestyle behaviours in relation to their health problems, and coaching them to integrate those behaviours into their lives. Robyn is certified by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine as a Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner.[Ends]


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5 things you didn't know about Robyn!

  1. I once drove 1000 kilometres across Canada using my left foot, having sprained my right ankle whilst trying to snap a close-up photo of a deer in Banff National Park.
  2. Despite being an X-Gener myself, I know more Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Who and The Doors song lyrics than my Baby Boomer husband who was actually alive when the songs were released.
  3. I have read The Lord of the Rings 6 times in its entirety (including all the appendices).
  4. When I was in high school, I wanted to be an archaeologist because I was fascinated by the daily lives and belief systems of ancient peoples.
  5. I taught myself to cook when I was 12 from Margaret Fulton’s Encyclopaedia of Cooking – my, things have changed since then!


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