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Newsletter Issue: 10 — Date: 26th February 2006 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the My Blood Pressure newsletter!

In this issue we have a selection of blood pressure news, a tip about transferring My Blood Pressure to a new computer, and an interview with John Sanders. Thanks John for sharing your story!

My Blood Pressure Tip

Buying a new computer and transferring across all your documents and programs can be bad for your blood pressure! Hopefully this tip will make the My Blood Pressure transfer less stressful.

The easiest way to transfer My Blood Pressure’s readings to your new computer is using the backup and restore feature. My Blood Pressure stores all your readings in xml documents files in the “My BP” subfolder of your “My Documents” folder. If you look in this folder you will see numerous files which include readings for each user account, and automatic backups that My Blood Pressure creates each month.

While you can transfer these files to your new computer (and then import the readings), it is easier to create a backup file. The backup file can contain readings for all your user accounts as well as other settings. Once you have created the backup file, you only need to transfer that single file to your new computer.

The next step is to install the My Blood Pressure program on your new computer. You can do this by downloading the trial from our website, or re-installing it from the CD if you purchased a CD. The CD comes with your keycode preloaded, but If you download the trial, you will need to re-enter your keycode from the original receipt. If you can’t find it, just email us and we will send it out again.

A bit off topic; but I am currently working on a new system that will automate the process of retrieving lost keycodes, and make it much easier to enter the keycode. Stay tuned for a future announcement about this!

Once My Blood Pressure is working on your new computer, locate the transfered backup file and restore it. There are more detailed instructions for this in the help file and also on the website at: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/transfer-readings.html. If you do run into any problems, please don’t hesitate to email us!

Contributed by: Steve

Blood Pressure News Roundup

A selection of breaking news stories relating to blood pressure. Clicking on the links will take you to a page on our website which contains a summary of the story, and links to other sources.

My favorite blood pressure news story this month reminds us that dark chocolate is a great Valentines gift and a heart healthy treat for a sweet tooth – yet another reason to indulge! The NHBLI have launched a million dollar health campaign as part of American Heart Month to educate physicians in the awareness and treatment of high blood pressure. A new study highlights the link between kidney disease and heart disease and acts as a reminder to those with high blood pressure to discuss kidney function with their physician. February’s American Heart Association report recommends healthy eating habits and a diet rich in potassium in order to achieve healthy blood pressure. Researchers studying the Kuna Indian tribe in Panama have discovered that drinking cocoa may be the secret to the tribe’s very healthy blood pressure levels.

Enjoy the blood pressure news!

Contributed by: Kellie

Diabetes patients at higher risk of stroke
Researchers at the American Heart Association (AHA) conference in Florida, U.S.A. claim diabetes is a higher risk factor for stroke than other risk factors, such cholesterol. Canadian researchers studying over 12,000 diabetics found 9% of the patients had suffered a stroke within the first five years of their diagnosis. 20% of those people died. The study showed the onset of diabetes doubled the risk of stroke in the first 5 years of diagnosis. Researchers at the AHA conference recommend those people diagnosed with diabetes regularly monitor their blood pressure. (Full story)

Remember your Valentine with dark chocolate
Give your loved ones dark chocolate this Valentine’s day for a heart healthy and delicious romantic gift. Nutrition researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reviewed 136 scientific papers on chocolate and its ingredients, published between 1996 and 2005. The researchers concluded that eating small quantities of dark chocolate decreased the risk of dying from heart disease by 19%. Dark chocolate is known to contain high levels of the antioxidant flavonoid. Flavonoids help to protect the arteries and to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. (Full story)

People with high blood pressure and kidney disease at risk for stroke
Researchers at the University of Cleveland, U.S.A. studied Americans with high blood pressure and moderate to severe kidney disease, they found that those patients were at an increased risk of developing heart disease than those with normal kidney function. The study, sponsored by The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHBLI) looked at 31,000 men and women over the age of 55 years. Researchers suggest people with high blood pressure talk to their physician about measuring kidney function to determine if they are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke. (Full story)

Education of physicians key to reducing high blood pressure
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHBLI) have increased efforts to reduce high blood pressure in America. A $3.7m, 3 year campaign has been launched to educate physicians in the prevention and treatment of hypertension. High blood pressure is an increasing concern in America where it’s estimated 1 in 3 adults, around 65 million people, have high blood pressure. Two thirds of these Americans are unaware they have hypertension. Untreated high blood pressure puts people at high risk for heart attack, stroke and heart failure. (Full story)

American Heart Association diet recommendations
The American Heart Association (AHA) has reported in its February edition of Hypertension that healthy eating habits can reduce high blood pressure. The AHA concludes that 10 years of studies have shown a diet high in fruit and vegetables lowers blood pressure in hypertension sufferers. The AHA also recommends those people with high blood pressure lower sodium in their diet and increase potassium. Potassium found in melons, bananas and potatoes is known to help maintain healthy heart function. The AHA suggests healthy eating helps to reduce weight which is a proven way of reducing high blood pressure. (Full story)

Cardiovascular health improved by drinking cocoa
German scientists working with a tribe in Panama have discovered that a compound in cocoa may help lower blood pressure. Kuna Indians in Panama drink up to 4 cups a day of cocoa, which is high in a compound of flavanols called procyanidin. Kuna Indians have very healthy blood pressure, even in older Indians, and hypertension and cardiovascular disease is rare. Flavanols in cocoa relax and thus widen blood vessels causing blood to flow more easily. However, researchers have warned against eating large quantities of chocolate for a similar benefit. Most mass produced chocolate looses its flavanols through a food processing process called ‘dutching’. Flavanols can also be sourced from; green teas, red wine, purple grapes and some fruits and vegetables. (Full story)

Contributed by: Kellie

My Story

This section contains stories and articles contributed by our users and subscribers. If you have something to contribute, we would love to hear from you. Email Kellie or Steve at support@my-health-software.com with your idea or story!

In this issue, we publish an interview with John Sanders.

My Story – John Sanders

Moved to: People who Monitor their Blood Pressure

About us

This newsletter is put together by a brother and sister team.

Steven Alan is 36 and is the programmer of the My Blood Pressure software. Steve was diagnosed with high blood pressure in February 2004. Steve needs to monitor his blood pressure regularly, and will probably need to do so for the rest of his life. Steve’s systolic blood pressure was over 200 at one point, but recently he has got his blood pressure under control, and most readings are below 120/80.

Steve is responsible for contributing news about the software as well as tips and tricks for using the software.

Kellie Helen (Steve’s sister) is 34 and a full time mother to a 5 and 3 year old. In her spare time!, she has started working with Steve on the website and newsletter. Kellie grew up in a household which had its fair share of blood pressure problems! Their father has always had high blood pressure, but somehow Steve got all the high blood pressure genes, while in her teens, Kellie used to suffer from her blood pressure being too low. Kellie worked in the medical and surgical industry before becoming a full time mum, and is looking forward to spending more time on this project as her kids get older.

Kellie is responsible for scouring the net for news stories of interest to people who monitor their blood pressure, and collecting and organizing stories contributed by subscribers.

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Disclaimer: Nothing contained in this newsletter is intended to be instructional for medical diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your health care provider.

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