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Newsletter Issue: 14 — Date: 1st July 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 a story by Ken Pykett and his wife. I am sure it is a story that many people will be able to relate to (including my brother!). It highlights the negative impact work related stress can have on blood pressure. Thank you to Ken and his wife for taking the time to write such a detailed account of Ken’s high blood pressure!

CNet/Download.com

CNet/Download.com is the largest software download site, and unfortunately someone has left a negative review of My Blood Pressure. You can read the review at: http://www.download.com/My-Blood-Pressure/3640-2129_4-10546112.html?v=1&tag=tab_ur.

If there are any European Union users who agree with the reviewer, or have any feedback about the ordering process, or have any suggestions on making it clearer, please contact us at support@my-health-software.com.

We are not from a European Union country, nor are we experts in EU tax law, but we have been told that by law, VAT must be charged for EU residents. We like taxes as much as most people do, but it is law, and we would have thought that EU residents would find it normal to be charged VAT.

Unfortunately, a negative review like this does effect our business, so if you wish to write your own review — we would appreciate it!

Steve and Kellie

My Blood Pressure News

Version 2.11 of My Blood Pressure was released a couple of weeks ago. Version 2.11 contains some minor bug fixes. The main bug that was fixed was a bug that stopped My Blood Pressure from running on some of the new processors, unless a settings change was made on the machine. If you were effected by it, you would know immediately.

Unless you are experiencing a problem, there is no need to upgrade from v2.10 to v2.11.

Work has begun on the next major version (v3) of My Blood Pressure, and I would recommend waiting for that to be released before upgrading, which should be later in the year. To everyone who has sent me feature requests and suggestions — thank you!

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.

Making news this month was The American Medical Association which announced that they plan to actively lobby the food industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce sodium in processed and restaurant foods. A worthy cause!

A new study released in the American Journal of Hypertension showed home blood pressure monitoring is as accurate as 24 hour ambulatory monitoring in determining blood pressure levels. An important study which reconfirms home blood pressure monitoring is effective for guiding treatment of hypertension.

Enjoy the news!
Thanks Kellie

Work stress increases blood pressure
Canadian researchers who studied over 6000 people for 7 years found those people with demanding work and low support in the workplace, tended to have higher blood pressure than their co-workers. Men were especially vulnerable to increased blood pressure levels if working in a high stress job. Those workers who had greater social support from employers were less likely to have hypertension. The findings published in the American Journal of Public Health, highlight the importance of reducing work related stress for healthy blood pressure levels. (Full story)

Doctors remiss in treating Diabetics with hypertension
A new study released at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) conference, have shown doctors are failing to give blood pressure treatment to diabetics with hypertension. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, U.S.A analyzed 11,000 patient records to show two thirds of patients with diabetes had blood pressure levels above 130/85 mm Hg. Hypertension was being treated by the physicians in only 26% of those patients. The study also found that younger doctors, who may be more familiar with the ADA guidelines on hypertension, were more likely to treat diabetic patients for high blood pressure. (Full story)

The American Medical Association calls for salt reduction
The American Medical Association (AMA) has asked the American food industry to reduce sodium in processed and restaurant foods by 50% over the next 10 years. Excess sodium is known to be a risk factor for the development of heart disease, hypertension and stroke. The AMA, America’s largest association of doctors and powerful lobby group, also plan to ask the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke the “generally recognized as safe” status of salt. (Full story)

Blood pressure drug unsafe in pregnancy
A study at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, U.S.A. has shown babies exposed to ACE inhibitors early in their mothers’ pregnancy tripled the risk of birth defects. The research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at data from 29,507 births in Tennessee. ACE inhibitors currently carry warning labels for pregnant women for latter in pregnancy, which may need to be expanded to include the first trimester. Robert Temple from the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration told reporters, “We all believe that we want to see more data. But this is important enough and impressive enough to tell people about”. (Full story)

Home blood pressure tracking assists treatment
The May edition of the American Journal of Hypertension included a study which shows home blood pressure monitoring is as accurate as a 24 hour ambulatory monitoring in determining blood pressure levels. Researchers at the University of Turku, Finland studied 98 patients with untreated hypertension. They compared patients using a home blood pressure device and those wearing a 24hr ambulatory monitor. Researcher Dr. Niiranen said that, “home blood pressure measurement can be used effectively for guiding anti-hypertensive treatment”. Dr. Stergiou added that home tracking of blood pressure, “is more convenient and also less costly than ambulatory monitoring”. (Full story)

Sleep apnea mask reduces blood pressure
Patients who slept with a mask to assist with obstructive sleep apnea, also found a reduction in blood pressure. Obstructive sleep apnea results in the upper airway narrowing or collapsing during sleep. Researchers at The University of California, San Diego, U.S.A. studied patients who slept with a mask a technique called nasal CPAP which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. Researchers found the patients who received the CPAP treatment for 2 weeks, had a reduction in blood pressure at night and during the day. (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!

My Story – Ken Pykett

Moved to: People who Monitor their Blood Pressure

About us

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

Steven Alan is 37 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 35 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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