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Newsletter Issue: 13 — Date: 29th May 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 publish an interview with Alison whose family suffers from a rare tumor (Pheos) which can elevate blood pressure levels and heart rate.

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.

May is High Blood Pressure Education month in many countries, including; U.S.A., Canada and Australia. May is the month many nations promote awareness of hypertension and urge people to have their blood pressure checked. The American Heart Association also released its primary prevention guidelines this month, including some new important recommendations to be aware of.

My favorite news article this month is for the pet lovers. Yes, cats and dogs can suffer from high blood pressure too!

Enjoy the latest blood pressure news stories.

Hypertension on the rise in Canada
The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) for 2006 was released this month, which warned of the negative impact of hypertension on Canadians. According to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the incidence of high blood pressure is on the increase and blood pressure management needs to be improved. Canadians are at particularly high risk for hypertension due to an ageing population and the increasing rate of obesity. (Full story)

Does your pet have hypertension?
Some recent advances in blood pressure measurement for pets have resulted in many dogs and cats being diagnosed with hypertension. Dr. Wilford, a veterinarian from Cats’ Exclusive Veterinary Hospital in Washington, diagnoses high blood pressure in about 25% of geriatric cats she treats. Like high blood pressure in humans, hypertension in pets can be successfully treated with a range of hypertensive medications. If left untreated, hypertension in animals can result in damage to vital organs including eyes and kidneys. (Full story)

American Heart Association releases new guidelines
The American Heart Association released primary prevention guidelines in the May issue of Stroke. The guidelines include lifestyle and treatment recommendations to help prevent stroke. Some of the new recommendations include: increasing potassium and reducing salt intake in the diet of hypertension patients, and treating high-risk diabetic patients with statins. The guidelines also suggest a low dose of aspirin to prevent a first stroke in women who are at high risk. (Full story)

Diuretics are a good first step
A new study reported in the journal Circulation showed that diuretics are a good first step in treating high blood pressure, in order to prevent heart failure. The researchers analyzed data from 33,000 patients with high blood pressure. Patients taking diuretics were less likely to develop heart failure than patients who took other types of blood pressure medications. Professor Barry Davis, at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston said, “One reason diuretics may have an advantage over other drugs is that they are good at decreasing the volume that the heart has to deal with.” (Full story)

Meditation shown to relax blood vessels
The April issue of the American Journal of Hypertension includes a study which shows Transcendental meditation (TM) could help relax blood vessels. A group of 111 black prehypertensive teenagers took part in two 15 minute TM sessions each day for 8 months. Medical College of Georgia researchers reported an average of 21% increase in blood vessel dilation of the group. Researchers agree that further studies are necessary to determine the impact of meditation on heart disease, however they are encouraged by the positive impact mediation had on blood vessels. (Full story)

May is U.S.A high blood pressure education month
The U.S.A. national high blood pressure education month of May aims to increase awareness of high blood pressure. It is estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that approximately 65 million people suffer from high blood pressure in the U.S.A. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S.A. Awareness of high blood pressure is the first step towards the prevention of heart disease. (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!

Interview with Alison E. from Texas, USA

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.

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Kellie: kellie@my-blood-pressure.com
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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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