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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

310XT Garmin Heart Monitor

By Ed J Price

The latest heart rate monitor to be released by Garmin is the Garmin 310XT. The Garmin Company has taken major steps over the years to try to establish themselves as one of the best heart monitor makers in this very competitive industry. In 2009 alone, somewhere early in the third quarter, they are poised to release two new monitors. These are the Garmin FR60 and the Garmin 310. A lot is riding on these two releases. To be at the top in their class, the Garmin Heart Rate Monitor has to provide more than just heart rate reading. There has to be additional features such as a GPS system to attract new users. The following is a non biased review on the 310XT heart rate monitor.

Second to None Global Positioning System

In a first for its kind, the Garmin 310 is a GPS heart monitor that can be used in the water. Almost all other monitors that have a Global Positioning System are not water proof. It is perfect for the triathlete in that it is able to track running and cycling data on top of being water proof. It is the ultimate tool in that the Global Positioning System is second to none. It keeps track of the rate of your heart, distance and pace. These are the basics that you will need when training whether you are an elite athlete or just someone looking to shed a few pounds. The 310 easily fits into any workout routine or regimen and can move from wrist to the handlebars of bikes in a blink of an eye (no pun intended).

More Features

This Garmin heart monitor watch has a very high sensitive Global Positioning System that also comes with a fast satellite reception even when the user is around tall buildings and trees. The Connect system is what gives it that ability. With other monitors, communication and connection is made easier through the ANT+ wireless technology interface. This works to for the foot pod and cadence sensor.


There are not many problems associated with this heart monitor. The first is that the Garmin 310 GPS heart monitor does not read heart rate in the water even though it is waterproof. This is just a monitor flaw. The second one is size. This Garmin heart rate monitor is quite bulky. However, this is not a design flaw but was done so that it could sit on the handlebars of bikes easily.

All in all, the Garmin 310 is a great all round heart rate monitor that is certainly going to get any heart pumping. If you are going to hit those hills, swim that extra mile or run a bit more, than this GPS heart monitor is right for you.

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