Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Which Is the Better-Value Treadmill: Sole F80 Or Smooth 6.45?

By Travis Van Slooten

In this Sole F80 vs Smooth 6.45 match up, we will actually find more similarities between these two than there are differences. These two treadmills are so alike in many aspects that anyone who has to decide between one and the other would have a hard time doing so.

Let's Get To The Specs

The treadmills have the relatively the same basic facilities: speeds of up to 11 miles per hour, up to 15% incline level and 3.0 HP motors with continuous duty facility.

The Smooth 6.45 is built slightly heavier, weighing 265 lbs than the Sole F80's 250 lbs, but the two machines are still guaranteed to be stable even with runners weighing up to 350 lbs using them. The Smooth 6.45 however, comes with a 20" by 60" running surface compared to the Sole F80's 20" by 55" area.

Console and User Programs

These two treadmills come with LED consoles that are useful for monitoring the user's pertinent data including, speed time, and distance traveled. They also have built-in programs, standard and customizable, which can go a long way in maximizing your workout sessions.

The Sole F80 is equipped With 6 standard programs, 2 heart rate programs, and 2 customizable user programs. The Smooth 6.45 comes in with 8 preset programs, and 3 programs for the user to set according to his preferences. Each of these treadmill exercise machines have hand pulse grips and heart rate monitoring system but the wireless chest strap monitor is exclusive to the Sole F80 model.

More Features

Want to jog in time to some of the latest hits? No problem. The Sole model comes with built-in speakers where you can plug-in your iPod or MP3 player and enjoy cool music while keeping in shape. The 6.45 does not have its own speaker system, but the Smooth 6.45M, a sister model that costs $100 more, does.

The Soles F80 also has the added facility of having the speed and incline controls on the armrest. This gives you the opportunity of making adjustments without breaking the continuity of the workout process.

Better Warranty And Price

Both of these top treadmill exercise models are higher priced than most. They range in MSRP from $1999 up to $2297. However, they can be found on sale for only $1499. The lifetime warranty on motor and frame, 5-year warranty on all electronic parts, and 2-year guarantee on labor is applicable for both treadmills, and this makes each a great investment in exercise equipment.

Choosing the Best between Sole F80 and Smooth 6.45

Whether you decide on the Sole F80 or the Smooth 6.45, you are guaranteed of a stable and proven treadmill that can withstand the rigors of daily use. As to which would be the better buy, I'd say the Smooth 6.45 is the top pick. The F80 has some slight advantages in a couple of additional features but the Smooth 6.45 has the larger running surface and is also one of the best-rated treadmills by Smooth Fitness.

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