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Support Forum Topic: Initial comments after looking at the tutorial
Started by: Gran
Date: November 13, 2008

After taking a quick look at the tutorial for your Beta, I have two comments:

First, the BP Chart has the ability to change color when the reading goes above a preset limit.  High blood pressure is something that 99% of us need to worry about.  However, my wife has a condition that causes her blood pressure to drop WAY down.  There are so few people who have this problem that it wouldn’t be worth your effort to add a low BP warning.  I just thought you might not be aware that such a problem existed.

Second, as soon as you get your blood pressure software like you want it, you might want to think of software for diabetics who want to track their blood sugar readings.adings.

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5 Responses to “Initial comments after looking at the tutorial”

  1. Steve says:

    Hi Gran,

    Sorry for the confusion, but there is no tutorial for the new version as yet. The only tutorial is for the current version (version 2). Until the new version is generally released, the website http://www.my-blood-pressure.com only refers to version 2.

    > I just thought you might not be aware that such a problem existed.

    I have corresponded with a few people who have low blood pressure. In the new version, instead of classifying readings into two groups, you have the option of classifying them into three groups. You could edit the levels so that the bottom groups was for low, the middle group for normal and the upper group for high.

    > Second, as soon as you get your blood pressure software like you
    > want it, you might want to think of software for diabetics who
    > want to track their blood sugar readings.

    We have a few new programs ready including one that tracks blood sugar readings (My Blood Glucose). It is very similar to the new version of My Blood Pressure. We are testing My Blood Pressure first, but the other programs will follow shortly. I have taken a note of your email address and I will email you when My Blood Glucose is ready.

    Thanks,
    Steve

  2. g3tja says:

    Steve

    Congratulations on the new version of my BP. Everything’s working just fine for me: I like the new design and appreciate the way the dates are shown on the X-axis of the graph (something I wrote to you about privately). For the record, your server response times to here in England are good. I have had one glitch which I was able to report back to you via the software.

    I notice from another post that you are considering monitoring blood glucose levels. Fortunately this is not a problem for me, but I was going to ask about including (optionally) tracking of body weight.

    I am not only recording my BP but trying to improve (er, reduce!) my bulk. Obviously a balance has to be struck between usability and functionality. My personal feeling is that, if a user is tracking one medical condition he may well be tracking other measurements. Other ‘events’ could be marked on the chart, with a balloon showing such things as changes in medication. To be fair, there is alredy a box for free text input — but it would be great to see it on a timeline.

    * My BP has already proved useful for my wife: she had an appointment with her doctor after work and BP was elevated. In the old days she would have been asked to return for (perhaps several) measurements. Your program has enabled he to self-record, and the doctor seems to think the high readings in his ‘office’ (as you say in America) are associated with a stressful day followed by a 20-minute drive to get to an appointment with a white-coated person.

    Best regards
    Richard

  3. Steve says:

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for the kind words, and for the report on the server speed.

    Quote from: g3tja on November 15, 2008, 07:19:30 am
    but I was going to ask about including (optionally) tracking of body weight.

    One of the new programs that is ready for release is a program (My Weight) that tracks weight and optionally waist size. The way these new programs work is that you can setup charts in, for example, My Blood Pressure, that overlays your blood pressure plots with your weight plots etc.

    I have taken a note of your address and I will email you when we release My Weight.

    > Other ‘events’ could be marked on the chart, with a balloon
    > showing such things as changes in medication.

    There is a new event system in version 3 which can be used to track things like medication changes. To see it, click on the “Study readings” task, then click on the “Events” tab.

    I am writing a guide to the new version’s features which I will post on these forums in the next day or so. It explains events more fully and some of the other new ways to record information.

    > appointment with a white-coated person

    I know all about the white-coated people :)

    Thanks!
    Steve

  4. g3tja says:

    This morning I noticed the nice feature to record weight and ‘events’. (That was before reading your reply). I should have made myself more familiar with he new version before rushing into print. Put it down to the pleasure of seeing an elegant product looking and functioning even better.

    Regarding My Weight and waist size: you may be interested to know that the BBC’s flagship Today (radio) programme two days ago prominently featured a report that the ratio of waist to hip size was highly significant in prediction heart disease. Glad to see you’re ahead of the game!

    Richard

  5. Kellie says:

    Hi Richard,

    Yes, I saw the report on waist size too. Very interesting!

    The researchers found that each extra 2ins (5cm) in waist circumference increased the chance of early death by between 13% in women and 17% in men. That’s quite significant! It seems carrying extra weight around your middle dramatically increases the risk of early death, even if your overall weight is normal.

    For those who missed this report on the importance of waist measurement have a look at the BBC news report:

    http://http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7723918.stm

    Thanks! Kellie

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