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KAATSU protocols have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and its use should be evaluated by your own physician before use.
Mark Kawabe is a Personal Training Specialist (PTS) and a certified KAATSU Specialist, but is not YOUR PTS or KAATSU Specialist. A client relationship with you with respect to training is only formed after we have expressly entered into a written agreement with you that you have signed including our fee structure and other terms to work with you in a specific manner.
KAATSU is considered generally safe, but there are contraindications you should be aware of. You should consult your physician or other health care professional to help you determine whether KAATSU use is right for your unique needs. KAATSU Canada and its directors are not liable for any issues associated with you using or acting upon the information contained on our site, or from using the products available to purchase through our site.
The contraindications to KAATSU use are largely the same as the contraindications to exercise as recommended by the American Heart Association. These are:
- Acute myocardial infarction (MI / “heart attack”), within 2 days
- Ongoing unstable angina
- Uncontrolled cardiac arrhythmia with hemodynamic compromise
- Active endocarditis
- Symptomatic severe aortic stenosis
- Decompensated heart failure
- Acute pulmonary embolism, pulmonary infarction, or deep vein thrombosis
- Acute myocarditis or pericarditis
- Acute aortic dissection
- Physical disability that precludes safe and adequate exercise
In addition, to be safe, people with an acute infection, unclear tumour status, acute vena cava dissociation, macular degeneration, chronic lymphedema, pregnancy, or severe hypertension (Systolic >180 or Diastolic >110) should also avoid using KAATSU. We also recommend that children under age 14 do not use KAATSU.
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KAATSU products and protocols are the safest way to train using Blood Flow Restriction (BFR). Suitable for all ages and abilities, KAATSU products automatically and safely optimize blood circulation for improved health, fitness, rehabilitation, and recovery.
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