Time has really slipped away from me this year. Here we are at the end of February and I am just reminding you that February is American Heart Month.February is American Heart Month

The adult heart weighs about 10.5 ounces, yet it is the strongest muscle in the body. It pumps 5000 – 6000 quarts of blood through the body each day!

Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately every 25 seconds an American will have a coronary event. Heart disease is preventable and controllable. Most insurance companies cover the cost of screening for heart disease. I encourage you to visit your primary care physician to be checked out and then start a new journey to better health…one step at a time. Walking is one of the best exercises for your heart health as well as the health of your legs. So, perhaps we should all make sure we have our support socks on and get out and take a nice walk one step at a time.

To help you along your journey to better health, we recommend the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor. Rod, my husband uses the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor and loves it. A free app (can be downloaded from iTunes) keeps track of bp readings. Record your systolic/diastolic numbers, heart rate, and measurement time. Readings display on graph or can be emailed to physician or loved one. You can easily add or edit measurement results using slide-in controls. Take control of your personal healthcare with mobile platform iHealth Blood pressure monitor. The dock rotates to fit multiple models. This system does not include iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. These must be purchased separately from an Apple dealer. When Rod visits his cardiologist, he pulls out his iPhone with all his blood pressure readings on it…easy for Rod and easy for the physician or his nurse.

iHealth Blood Pressure Dock

iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor (iPhone not included)

Sigvaris Active Athletic Recovery Socks from SupportHoseStore.com

Sigvaris Recovery Sock

As for me, when I go for a walk, I love to wear the Sigvaris Recovery Socks. SIGVARIS combines its medical and manufacturing expertise to develop the new 15-20mmHg Athletic Recovery Sock for Men and Women. It is designed to keep the athlete cool, dry and comfortable, the SIGVARIS Athletic Recovery Sock uses patented Dri-Release® fibers for superior moisture management and latex-free yarns with an embedded Freshguard® treatment that virtually eliminates odors. This sock is very soft and natural to the touch, has extra padding in the foot for added comfort and dries 4 times faster than cotton. While this sock was designed for the athlete, it still is a great sock for those of us who just don’t come up to the title of “athlete”.They fit great an help get that lactic acid out of the muscle so the calf does not get sore.

What socks do you wear when you go out walking?

Here’s to a healthy journey for all of us,

Vanda