For who? Swimmers, competitive athletes, KAATSU Specialists
For what? Strength, stamina, speed, Masimo MightySat™ FingerPulse Oximeter
The Masimo MightySat™ Fingertip Pulse Oximeter can be used with the KAATSU Master 2.0 and KAATSU Cycle 2.0 for a wide variety of purposes.
“One of the best physiological monitoring devices that I have ever used is the Bluetooth-enabled Masimo MightySat™ Fingertip Pulse Oximeter,”
said Steven Munatones.
“I can simultaneously track and archive the oxygen level in my blood, my pulse, the number of breaths per minute, a measure to understand how well hydrated that I am, and other data points that indicate changes in blood circulation and heart rate recovery.
The Masimo is used with athletes of all abilities to help them understand their bodies better and help them improve and with individuals of all ages who may be recovering from injuries or simply want to improve their level of wellness.”
So how can you combine the use of the Masimo MightySat™ Fingertip Pulse Oximeter with the KAATSU Cycle 2.0 and other KAATSU equipment including the KAATSU Master 2.0?
Six specific parameters that can be tracked noninvasively while simultaneously using either the KAATSU Master 2.0 and KAATSU Cycle 2.0 to obtain a wide variety of physiological real-time data:
“It is best to put the Masimo MightySat™ on your non-dominant ring finger,”
“So if you are right-handed, put the MightySat™ on your ring finger (i.e., the fourth finger of your hand, located between your little finger and your middle finger).
Also, it is best to sit down comfortably while you are measuring these parameters while using the Masimo MightySat™.”
1. SpO2 or Oxygen Saturation is the oxygen level in your blood that indicates changes due to your heart or lung function, oxygen use by your body, or altitude. It is a percentage of hemoglobin in the blood that is saturated with oxygen. The unit of measure is percentage (%).
“In layman’s terms, you want to see this SpO2 percentage increase over time,”
“The higher the percentage of Oxygen Saturation, the better. That is, ideally you want 100% SpO2, but the important goal is to see increases in your percentage, both over time and before and after using KAATSU. So, for example, if your SpO2 is at 96% or 97% before you start KAATSU, it is ideal to see your SpO2 to slightly increase to 97% or 98% after a KAATSU session. This indicates a healthful improvement.”
“In layman’s terms, you want to see this pulse rate – or the number of heart pulses per minute decrease over time, during any specific exercise or while you are simply sitting at rest,”
“In general, the lower your pulse during exercise or rest, the better. So, for example, if your heart rate is 85 as you are doing a set of squats, it would be great to see this pulse rate fall to 75-80 beats per minute over time, an indication that your heart and cardiovascular fitness level are improving.”
3. RRp™ or Respiration Rate is the number of breaths per minute that indicates how well your heart and lungs function or how quickly you recover from exercise. It is a measurement of respiration rate based on changes in the plethysmographic waveform. The unit of measure is respirations per minute (RPM).
“In layman’s terms, you want to see your Respiration Rate to decrease over time, during any specific exercise or while you are simply sitting at rest,” explains Munatones. “In general, the lower your Respiration Rate during exercise or rest, the better. So, for example, if your Respiration Rate is 18 as just sit at rest, it would be great to see this rate fall to 12-15 breaths per minute over time, an indication that your breathing efficiency is improving.”
4. PVi® or Plethysmograph Variability Index is the variation in perfusion index over your breathing cycle, which may indicate changes in hydration, breathing effort, perfusion, or other factors. The Plethsymographic Waveform displays your real-time pulse pressure waveform.
“In layman’s terms, your PVi® is a bit more difficult to track and understand its actual implications of health, but it is one indication of the level of hydration in your thoracic cavity (or chest cavity). To properly measure your PVi®, you should lay down relaxed in a horizontal position and take it at the same time of the day in the same position,” explains Munatones.
5. PI or Perfusion Index is the strength of your blood flow to your finger that indicates changes in blood circulation. It is the ratio of the pulsatile blood flow to the non-pulsatile blood in peripheral tissue used to measure peripheral perfusion. The Perfusion Index values ranges from 0.02% for a very weak pulse to 20% for an extremely strong pulse.
“In layman’s terms, you want to see your Perfusion Index decrease as you do KAATSU, doing any type of exercise or while you are simply sitting at rest,” explains Munatones. “In general, a decrease up to 50% of your first reading is an excellent indication that you are reaching your Optimal SKU (Standard KAATSU Unit). As the Perfusion Index falls from, let’s say 5% to 2%, this means you are nearing the peak tightening pressure of your KAATSU Air Bands. So, for example, as you increase the pressure from Group Low to Group Medium to Group High and Pro Low levels, the Perfusion Index should gradually fall. There will always be a lot of fluctuation in this Index, but the most important data to understand is its downward trend to up to 50% of the level in which you started.”
6. The Heart Rate Recovery Calculator can track the heart’s ability to return to normal levels after vigorous physical activity. Fitness level and proper heart function are measured by the recovery phase. A heart that is fit will recover at a quicker rate than a heart that is not accustomed to regular exercise. The first minute of recovery is the most crucial. After exercise, your heart rate experiences an abrupt drop during the first minute. This recovery period can indicate cardiovascular fitness level.
“In layman’s terms, a lower recovery heart rate should follow vigorous exercise, doing any type of exercise, either comfortable exercise or vigorous exercise ,” explains Munatones. “The Masimo’s Heart Rate Recovery Calculator is used by putting on the MightySat™ on one of your fingers right after a bout of exercise and then using your Masimo mobile app on your smartphone. After 60 seconds, you will receive your percentage score.
In general, a higher percentage score is better, meaning that your heart is able to recover better, faster after a bout of exercise or KAATSU.
So, for example, as you finish your exercise and you receive a higher percentage 60 seconds later, this means your heart is getting stronger and is able to recover faster. This is an excellent indication of improved health.”