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This is Your Doctor Speaking: Move Your Feet
May 28, 2008
"Often referred to as the secondary heart, the calf muscle pump has the extremely important function of pumping blood back to the heart."
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA -- According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, long periods of immobility may cause a serious condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in a vein deep within the leg muscles. Estimating that 1 out of every 1,000 Americans develops DVT each year, the American Heart Association (AHA) lists extended immobility as a common cause for the potentially fatal condition.
According to the AHA, walking will increase the blood circulation and help reduce the risk for DVT. Ability for disable people to walk, for people sitting during long office meetings, on airplanes, etc. is, however, limited. A just-released foot-pedal called StepItTM allows these people to increase blood circulation in their lower legs without leaving their seats. A toe down and heel up movement on the pocked-sized device will help those seated for any extended periods of time to maintain adequate blood circulation.
Clinical research has shown that these two movements are most effective to activate the calf muscle pump in the lower leg. Often referred to as the secondary heart, the calf muscle pump has the extremely important function of pumping blood back to the heart. Every time a leg stops moving, the calf muscle pump shuts down and the blood circulation decreases dramatically.
Developed by Swedish professor Christer Busch, M.D., Ph. D. of Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden, StepItTM is marketed in the United States by Stepit.com, LLC.
While air travelers are certain to benefit from using Step-ItTM, the foot-pedal is beneficial to many other groups at risk. "Many leg problems are caused by poor blood circulation, often resulting from immobility, said Gunnar Hedqwist, President of StepIt.com, LLC. "StepItTM has proven especially beneficial to office workers, elderly and disabled, diabetes patients, overweight individuals and for those who are bed- and wheelchair bound, he added."
Please visit www.stepit.com or call 1-877-478-3748 or cell 727 656 0095 for more information.
Keywords: Blood circulation, deep vein thrombosis, DVT, disabled people, Health and Fitness » General
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