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Newsletter Issue: 3 — Date: 17th July 2005 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the My Blood Pressure Newsletter. In this issue we have a story contributed by one of the My Blood Pressure users –Tom Messer. Thanks to Tom for sharing his experiences and for the kind offer he makes to anyone going through a similar experience.

In addition we have a summary of some blood pressure articles written by Doctor Gordon Cameron. I found Dr. Cameron’s writing very useful and easy to understand. Thanks also to Dr. Cameron for his recent review of My Blood Pressure!

My Blood Pressure Software News

Thank you to everyone who has sent me suggestions for new features. I have received some great ideas, and will start working on the next version soon. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Backing up your data

Version 2.0 of My Blood Pressure includes an integrated backup/restore feature — you have probably seen this in action already. Once a month, after entering a reading, you are asked if you want to backup your data. I highly recommend doing this — it only takes a couple of seconds, and even if you do not copy the backup file to backup media, it is still worth doing.

I recently read a statistic that 60% of all computer users suffer some kind of data loss each year. I am not sure how they came up with that figure, but if you take into account both mechanical failure and human error, it sounds about right to me.

The bottom line is that you should not consider data on your computer to be permanent. Every hard drive is given a MTBF (mean time between failure) number from the manufacturer … sooner or later your hard drive will fail.

Personally, I have an external USB hard drive which I backup to every night, and I burn a CD containing all “My Documents” folders and files (which contains the My Blood Pressure backups and data folder). If you have a CD writer on your computer (and most new computers do), I recommend doing this one a week or month.

Lastly, there is always the low tech solution — once a month, print out your readings, and file them away in a safe place!

Contributed by: Steve Alan

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.

Walking on uneven surfaces lowers blood pressure
In the strange but true file: a new study shows that walking on an uneven surface lowers blood pressure more than walking on a flat surface. (Click here for more)

Some coffee drinkers develop tolerance for caffeine
The American Journal of Hypertension has released findings that indicate some coffee drinkers develop a tolerance for caffeine. Many don’t who may be sending their blood pressure up with every cup. (Click here for more)

Home monitoring detects masked hypertension
Masked hypertension is defined as high blood pressure that is not detected during testing in the clinical setting. The opposite of white-coat hypertension, masked hypertension means a person has normal blood pressure in the doctor’s office but high blood pressure outside of the office. (Click here for more)

Dark chocolate is delicious and healthy
Eating dark chocolate may have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. (Click here for more)

Contributed by: Kellie Helen

Website Review – http://www.bloodpressurehigh.com

I first met Dr. Cameron from http://www.bloodpressurehigh.com after he read the story I published explaining how I found out I had high blood pressure.

I found his webpages and articles to be very understandable and clearly written. After reading them, I had a better understanding of my high blood pressure. Have a look around his websites — there are some interesting articles and plenty of links to information and products relating to both high and low blood pressure. Some of my favorites are:

High blood pressure – what it is. This article is an easy to understand description of blood pressure. My favorite part is: “ … your target blood pressure (or the “best” blood pressure reading to aim for) – is the lowest level you can tolerate without feeling light headed, faint or dizzy“. I can relate to this more than any numbers my monitor gives me.

Low blood pressure – what it is. I can categorically state that I don’t have low blood pressure!, but I know that there are users of My Blood Pressure who do. This article gave me a better understanding of the issues relating to low blood pressure.

Weight loss to control high blood pressure. I have been lucky in that I have lost about 20kgs in the past year. I am not sure why, but I found it much easier to lose weight when my blood pressure was lowered by medication — I put it down to the fact that I felt generally better. The article says “a weight loss of one kilogram will result in a drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure of one mmHg” … this might explain why I was able to stop about half of my medications without my blood pressure going back above 120/80. My doctor tells me I have 5-10 more Kgs to lose … so maybe I should print out this article!

Resperate. I have heard about this device but never tried it. (I had thought it was a bit of gimmick … but obviously not.) If anyone has tried it, please email me, I would be interested in hearing how it worked for you.

Blood Pressure Charting. Last but not least — charting your blood pressure with My Blood Pressure!

Doctor Cameron has also written articles about cholesterol, maintains a medical news blog, and has written many articles about joint pain.

Contributed by: Steve Alan

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!

Do you live with high or low blood pressure? How did you find out? How do you manage it? What has been the effect on you?

Have your say! … please send us your story, or get in touch and we will help you write it.

In this issue, Tom Messer from Texas, USA has been kind enough to share his experiences:

This story has been 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 in the last six months 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.

My Health Software
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Kellie: kellieh@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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