We are fortunate to have a daughter who attends Harvard University, and who is savvy enough to spot a great idea. Recently she sent me a copy of the prestigious Harvard Heart Letter, a monthly publication of the Harvard Medical School, sent to 8,000 doctors and researchers in the field of heart medicine. While Harvard Medical School cannot of course literally endorse any commercial product, I was struck by their overwhelmingly positive review of Zona Plus. Air Force Developed
—When the F-16 became the main weapon in the U.S. Air Force's arsenal, its extreme acceleration and maneuverability created G-forces that caused pilots to black out, or incur sudden vision loss — as the heart simply couldn't pump blood to the brain. So the USAF asked Dr. Ronald Wiley, noted cardiopulmonary physiologist, to lead a study into how pilots could increase their G-force tolerance. His elegantly simple solution was an isometric hand grip that pilots could squeeze just prior to entering steep dives and 9G-turns, boosting their blood pressure sufficiently to maintain blood flow to the brain during warp speed flying. Dr. Wiley was then startled to observe, paradoxically, that many pilots who practiced with the hand grip exhibited a marked lowering of their resting blood pressure. He realized he had inadvertently stumbled upon an exciting new therapy for treating hypertension — without medication! Heart Healthy
— Over the next two decades, Dr. Wiley tested and refined his discovery into what ultimately has become Zona Plus, a remarkable medical device that actually helps people lower high blood pressure into the normal range — without drugs. The simple exercise routine takes literally just 12 minutes a day, during which you merely squeeze the handle four times for two minutes each, with one minute's rest between reps. Zona Plus sets a target that's 30% as strong as your hardest possible squeeze — which becomes your "hold" pressure for the exercises. Zona then beeps if you squeeze too hard or soft, and displays "Hold" for just right! And you can even relax, read or watch TV while you squeeze. The display times each rep, and tells you what percentage of the exercise you stayed in your target zone. Cardiac rehab studies show a dramatic 14 point average reduction in systolic blood pressure in just 4-6 weeks times, 5 times per week — with many patients experiencing even larger reductions of 20-40 points. These are significant drops every bit as effective as costly blood-pressure reducing drugs, with no unpleasant side effects! So you can favorably and significantly affect your overall cardiovascular health — with this unassuming little device that's actually fun and relaxing to use. Zona Plus has been approved by the FDA, and may be covered by your medical insurance. Uses one 3-volt lithium battery (included).