The Heart Institute at the Hadassah Medical Center recently completed the testing of a novel non-invasive approach to diagnosing the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD). Their results correlated well with subsequent findings from angiography and other cardiac scans.

This OATH (Our Approach To Health) study employed blood pressure, urine analysis, saliva analysis, live and dry blood analysis, Heart Rate Variability analysis, Body Mass Index (BMI), skin electrical impedance, and habitual patterns to diagnose ischemic heart disease. OATH was carried out in collaboration with the OATH Natural Primary and Preventative Health Research Group in London, England, with consultation from Martin Egan of the Institute for Natural and Complementary Medicine (ICNM) in London.

Diagnosis was based on the identification of underlying imbalances which serve as possible predictors of cardiac problems. The results of the blood tests, for example, can reveal stress and environmental toxins, inappropriate food breakdown, iron utilization, bacterial viral or fungal involvement, mineral base deficiency or excess, oxygenation, inflammation, disease states, and toxicity. Urine and saliva tests that yield abnormal readings may indicate infection and problems such as glycosuria (sugar in the urine, a sign of diabetes). Blood pressure readings can indicate circulatory imbalances, constriction of arteries, occlusive arterial disease, and related ailments. Body temperature measured at various locations in the body, and especially differences in readings in the left and right sides of the body, can indicate further imbalances.

After obtaining the OATH results, Hadassah’s team performed angiography on the patients, as well as various cardiac scanning and stress tests. They found a 76% correlation in findings of stenosis (narrowing) of the coronary arteries, and a 96.6% correlation in findings of combined stenosis and ischemia.

Because angiography is weak in assessing vessel wall pathology, including plaque vulnerability, endothelial function, and inflammatory determinants, OATH adds valuable data regarding underlying cardiovascular risk. An OATH diagnosis may prove to be a helpful, more sensitive tool to help cardiologists decide at an earlier stage which patients require cardiac catheterization or conservative medical therapy.