HRV patterns using Heartmath’s emWave

A question we often hear from new users is ‘What do all those colors on the graph mean?

Occasionally you may see that the black line on the graph suddenly becomes red or blue as it moves across the screen. The black line shows the pattern of the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) that the emWave sensor measures.

HRV is the time interval between the heartbeats. Every little moment between each beat is different from the next and is constantly speeding up and slowing down. However, when we are stressed, this speeding up and slowing down is not happening in a consistent manner. If you see this pattern being created on the screen, it will look very jagged and irregular.

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Which Heartmath product is best for me?

A question we receive often is, ‘what are the differences between the HeartMath products?’ If you are the lucky owner of both the Inner Balance™ Sensor and emWave® programs, you truly have the best of both worlds. But if you are choosing between the Inner Balance Sensor and emWave products, here are some thoughts that may help you decide.

  • First, and most important is what are your goals?
  • Second, is the program just for you or would others use it as well?
  • Last, when do you think you’ll use your program most often?

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Heart Rate Variability with the Inner Balance

A question we often hear from new users is ‘What does the wave at the top of the session mean?’.

That wave is your Heart Rate Variability or HRV .

HRV is the time interval between the heartbeats. Every little moment between each beat is different from the next and is constantly speeding up and slowing down. However, when we are stressed, this speeding up and slowing down is not happening in a consistent manner. If you see this pattern being created on the screen, it will look very jagged and irregular.

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The Science Behind the emWave PC

The emWave PC Stress Relief System and the tools and techniques of the HeartMath system are based on over 15 years of scientific research on the psychophysiology of stress, emotions, and the interactions between the heart and brain.

The Heart–Brain Connection
Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly responding to “orders” sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function—influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.

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