HeartPartner specifications & FAQ

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Dimensions

Overall

Length:  15"
Width:  12"
Height:  2.5" front rising to 8.5" rear

Footpad

Length:  6"
Width:  11"

 

Weight

9.75 lbs

 

Electrical

120V AC
Two prong plug
Cord length:  100"  (8 foot +)

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Operation

Why does the HeartPartner cycle on and off?

What is the ideal time of day to use my HeartPartner?

Is there an ideal amount of time that I should utilize the HeartPartner each day? Can I overuse the HeartPartner?

Can I use the HeartPartner in Europe or Asia?

Can I use the HeartPartner if I am using an oxygen tank?

 

Comparisons

How does the HeartPartner differ from less expensive foot massage machines?

Does a standing desk work as well as using a HeartPartner at work?

 

Specific health issues or concerns

Will the HeartPartner help even when I have had problems for many years?

I suffer from peripheral neuropathy.  Will the HeartPartner help me?

I suffer from restless legs and nighttime leg cramps. Will the HeartPartner help me?

Will all of this leg muscle exercise I get from the HeartPartner help me lose weight?

My company does not like us to use space heaters in our offices, but I am cold all the time. Will the HeartPartner keep me warm enough to allow me to unplug my space heater?

 

Finance and regulations

Is the HeartPartner covered by my insurance?

Is the HeartPartner FDA approved?

 


 

Why does the HeartPartner cycle on and off?

You can think of the HeartPartner as a pacemaker for your secondary hearts. The HeartPartner will stimulate your soleus muscles for 60 seconds, which is sufficiently long to empty out all the blood and lymphatic fluid in the muscles. The HeartPartner will then pause for two minutes to allow the sinuses in the muscles to refill with fluid. The cycle will then repeat. This is similar to what we do when we pace the cardiac muscle, but the timing is much slower. This pacing action also prevents your soleus muscles from fatiguing when you use your HeartPartner for extended time periods.

 


 

What is the ideal time of day to use my HeartPartner?

The answer to this question is dependent upon your symptoms. If you are experiencing unexplained fatigue throughout the day, it would be most effective for use during the day. However, if you are experiencing sleeplessness due to leg cramps, restless legs, etc., the device would be most effective if used within the hours before bed.

 


 

Is there an ideal amount of time that I should utilize the HeartPartner each day? Can I overuse the HeartPartner?

The HeartPartner is a type of passive exercise device — it exercises your soleus muscles. As with any new exercise we suggest that you start out gradually with 15-30 minute sessions. Over a week or two you can build towards two hours or more of use per day. You do not have to use the device continuously to achieve the full benefits. Many individuals use the device for five or more hours per day with no ill effects.

 


 

Can I use the HeartPartner in Europe or Asia?

Yes, you can use it with a 20 watt converter. The converter is inexpensive and is available in any country.

 


 

Can I use the HeartPartner if I am using an oxygen tank?

Do not use the device in situations where oxygen is being delivered.

 


 

How does the HeartPartner differ from less expensive foot massage machines?

Foot massage machines provide high intensity stimulation which is intended to be used for short duration to provide muscle relaxation. The HeartPartner design is based on over 10 years of clinical studies and provides an optimal stimulation pattern for enhancing circulation. Low intensity, long duration stimulation is required to rebuild weakened soleus muscles.

 


 

Does a standing desk work as well as using a HeartPartner at work?

A recent review by the Cochrane group indicates that there is very little evidence to support the health benefits of standing desks. On the other hand there are published studies demonstrating that the HeartPartner is effective in improving overall health through its ability to significant increase circulation.

 


 

Will the HeartPartner help even when I have had problems for many years?

Yes, regardless of how long your condition has been present the HeartPartner is able to train your soleus muscles and help improve your condition. When a condition has been present for a longer period of time it may require using the HeartPartner for a longer time before experiencing results. Individuals with long term conditions usually notice substantial improvement in 4-8 weeks.

 


 

I suffer from peripheral neuropathy.  Will the HeartPartner help me?

Increased circulation to the feet and toes brings increased oxygen to those tissues which can help the small nerves regenerate. Numerous individuals have reported regaining sensation in their toes after using the HeartPartner regularly.

 


 

I suffer from restless legs and nighttime leg cramps. Will the HeartPartner help me?

The healthcare community does not have a good understanding of why restless legs and leg cramps occur at night. However, many individuals who use the HeartPartner have told us that within a few days of starting to use the HeartPartner, their restless legs and leg cramps have disappeared.

 


 

Will all of this leg muscle exercise I get from the HeartPartner help me lose weight?

Yes, it appears that use of the HeartPartner can have this effect. When fluid pools in your legs it means that the fluid is not getting back to your heart, and so your cardiac output drops. Cardiac output can drop by more than 1/3 when sitting quietly for just 30-60 minutes. Cardiac output is what drives metabolic activity, and so reduced cardiac output means reduced metabolic activity and so reduced caloric burn which can lead to weight gain. The HeartPartner improves cardiac output by returning the fluid pooled in your lower limbs back to the heart, which results in increased metabolic activity and increased caloric burn. We estimate that with consistent use of the HeartPartner on a daily basis, you could lose 15 pounds over the course of the year, but many of our customers report much greater levels of weight loss.

 


 

My company does not like us to use space heaters in our offices, but I am cold all the time. Will the HeartPartner keep me warm enough to allow me to unplug my space heater?

Yes, for most office workers, regular use of the HeartPartner is more than sufficient to keep them comfortable in their workplace, and they are able to remove their space heaters. This is good for two reasons. First, the HeartPartner does not present the fire risk of a space heater. Second, the energy cost of operating a HeartPartner is about $1.50 per year, while the cost of operating a space heater can be over $450 per year. As a result, you can pay for a HeartPartner in just one year of energy savings.

 


 

Is the HeartPartner covered by my insurance?

It may be. Some health insurance programs provide partial reimbursement for wellness products. But the HeartPartner is priced below the deductible of many healthcare policies and therefore, would not be covered in that situation. The HeartPartner may also be purchased using a Flexible Savings Account (a before-tax savings plan dedicated to healthcare expenses). These funds must be used before March 31st of each year or they are lost.

 


 

Is the HeartPartner FDA approved?

The HeartPartner is classified as a passive exercise device, and so it does not require FDA registration.

 


 

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