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Newsletter Issue: 12 — Date: 28th April 2006 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the My Blood Pressure newsletter!

In this edition of the My Blood Pressure newsletter we are delighted to publish an interview with Dr. Norman Kaplan — a world renowned authority on hypertension and author of the best selling Kaplan’s Clinical Hypertension.

My Blood Pressure Tip

One of the common questions we get at support is if there is a way to delete all readings and start again.

In most cases, I suggest that rather than deleting all readings, you create a new “User” using a variation of your name. For example, if I bought a new monitor and I want to keep the new monitor’s readings separate, I could create a new user with the name: “Steve-New Monitor”.

Once you have created the new user, you have a clean slate to start with, but your old readings are still around and you can access them by switching back to the old user name.

Visit the Online Help for step by step instructions for changing and adding user accounts.

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.

A great mix of stories made the news this month. They highlighted the need for a good night’s sleep, good friends and family, and motivational support for good health and healthy blood pressure.

Enjoy the latest blood pressure news stories!

First rest and then take a reading
A new study by nurses at the University of Virginia Health System highlights the need to rest before taking a blood pressure reading. The nurses compared the blood pressure readings of patients whose reading was taken immediately after arriving in the exam room and who sat on an examination table with patients whose reading was taken after 5 minutes of sitting in a chair. The patients who sat and rested had an average systolic reading 14 points lower than the patients who did not rest. The study confirms the American Heart Association recommendations of resting before taking a blood pressure reading. (Full story)

Migraine eased with blood pressure medication
A new study has shown pre-hypertensive and hypertensive patients taking certain blood pressure medication experienced a reduction in the frequency and intensity of migraine. The patients took between 5 and 40 mg of the angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) olmesartan for 3 to 12 months. Patients reported a reduction of 82.5% of migraine frequency and a 45% decrease in migraine severity. Researchers at the New Jersey Medical School, Newark hope the study will result in a larger study of the use of ARB’s in the prevention of migraine. (Full story)

Reduce blood pressure with many lifestyle changes
A study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute showed blood pressure levels dropped in people undergoing multiple lifestyle changes with intensive counseling. At the beginning of the study, 37% of the 810 men and women had high blood pressure. After 18 months it was reduced to 22% for those who received counseling and dietary advice. Patients increased their physical activity and adopted the DASH healthy eating plan. The study showed that counseling support can help people to stick to positive lifestyle changes. (Full story)

A good night’s sleep good for blood pressure
Columbia University researchers have found middle age adults who sleep less than 6 hours a night are at increased risk of hypertension. Researcher’s analyzed data from 4,810 people aged between 32 and 86 over a 10 year period. After taking into account other risk factors such as obesity and diabetes, 24% of the people who slept for 6 or less hours a night developed high blood pressure. Those people who had shorter sleeps were also more likely to exercise less and suffer from obesity. The study confirms the benefits of a good nights sleep for good health. (Full story)

Blood pressure levels increased with loneliness
A new study has shown loneliness is a potential risk factor for hypertension, along with obesity and lack of exercise. Researchers at the University of Chicago, U.S.A. interviewed 229 people aged 50 to 68 years of age. The study found that those people who were lonely had blood pressure readings 30 points higher than others, even when other risk factors such as smoking and weight were taken into account. The researchers claim the study highlights the importance of a social network for a healthy life. (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 Norman M. Kaplan, MD.

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 children 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.

My Health Software
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Kellie: kellie@my-blood-pressure.com
Steve: steve@my-blood-pressure.com

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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