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Newsletter Issue: 15 — Date: 4th August 2006 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the My Blood Pressure newsletter!

We have two stories this month from David Zagrodnik and Rodney Turner from the USA. David suffers from erratic readings which has his doctor scratching his head and Rodney has found curing his sleep apnea has helped to reduce his blood pressure. Thank you to David and Rodney for sharing their interesting blood pressure experiences!

Blood Pressure Home Monitoring Center

Link: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/blood-pressure-resources.htmlr

While Steve is busy at work on the upcoming new version, I have been working on the website.

I have added a new major resource section to the website. It contains links to my favorite information about blood pressure and home monitoring. You can get to it by clicking on the picture of the monitor from any page on the website. The direct link is: Blood Pressure Home Monitoring Center.

If anyone has any suggestions or feedback, please let me know at: kellie@my-blood-pressure.com.

Thanks! Kellie

VAT

Thank you to everyone who sent us feedback about VAT. Based on the feedback, we are planning to add Paypal as an alternate payment processor over the next couple of months.

One thing we should have made clear in the last newsletter was that it is actually our current payment processor (SWREG Inc) who collect the VAT, and they do remit it to the authorities. According to them, this is the law.

Also, thank you to everyone who left such nice reviews on CNet. We appreciate it!

Steve and Kellie

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.

This month The National, Heart, Blood and Lung Institute released new guidelines on managing hypertension through diet. There are some important changes to the DASH diet, including updated information on potassium and weight loss.

A new study has shown that it’s never too late to start exercising – that’s good news! Starting an exercise program after the age of 40 can still significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and improve overall health.

Enjoy the news!
Thanks Kellie

Hypertension reduced in pregnant women by calcium
A recent review has concluded that gestational hypertension and preeclampsia in pregnant women can be reduced by taking calcium supplements. Gestational hypertension and preeclampsia are medical disorders resulting in high blood pressure in pregnant women. Both conditions can be life threatening for the mother and baby. Approximately 20% of pregnancies suffer hypertension and an estimated 40,000 women die each year from gestational hypertension. Authors of the review suggest 1.5grams (1,500 milligrams) per day is effective in reducing the risk of pregnant women developing hypertension.(Full story)

Never too late to start exercise
A study published in Heart shows people who exercise later in life can still decrease their chance of developing heart disease. Over 300 adults were studied between 40 and 68 years of age who had confirmed coronary heart disease. Those who became very physically active after the age of 40 were 55% less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease than those who remain inactive. The researchers hope to show that it’s never too late to start exercising, and that the benefits of exercise substantially reduce the risk of heart disease. (Full story)

Heart failure risk passed from parent to child
Framingham Heart Study researchers have analyzed data of over 2,200 people to show there is a 70% increased incidence of heart failure for those whose have a parent with heart failure. Some forms of heart failure are genetic, however this study looked at family history to assess the risk of common heart failure. The results, published in the July issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, recommend that doctors take a complete medical history of their patients in order to assess the risk of heart failure.(Full story)

Living alone increases risk of heart disease
Research released in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests people who live on their own double their risk of heart disease. Over 138,000 Danish adults between 30 and 69 years old were studied to find the two key risk factors for heart disease were age and living alone. Females over 60 years and males over 50 years living alone were twice as likely to have heart disease as any other group. Those people with the lowest risk of heart disease were those who were working, highly educated and living with a partner. (Full story)

Overweight children tend to be hypertensive adults
A new study at the Tulane University, New Orleans, U.S.A. has shown those people who were overweight as children are more likely to develop high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome as adults. The study published in Hypertension, analyzed data from 3255 patients to discover a strong correlation between obesity as a child and hypertension as an adult. Researchers are concerned about the current trend of overweight children which could lead to an increase in adult high blood pressure in the future. (Full story)

New guidelines released by the NHBLI
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) have released an updated guide titled “Your Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure with DASH”. It contains simple advice on how to manage high blood pressure by following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan. The new guidelines include updated information on potassium and weight loss, as well as a week’s worth of menu’s and recipes. The new guide is available on the NHLBI website: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/index.htm. (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!

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 (Steves Note: my neice tells me she is not 5, but “nearly 6″!) and 4 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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