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Newsletter Issue: 4 — Date: 21st August 2005 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the My Blood Pressure Newsletter. In this issue we have two stories contributed by people who use My Blood Pressure –William Stewart and Michelle C. Thanks to William and Michelle for sharing their stories!

My Blood Pressure on Amazon.com

The CD version of My Blood Pressure is now listed as a product on Amazon.com! Thanks to Kathy from Pharos Games for organizing this.

As an existing customer, I believe that you can write a review of My Blood Pressure on the Amazon system. If you wish to do this, please go to our Amazon.com page at: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000AREQXA and click on one of the “write a review” links.

Thank you in advance to everyone who writes a review — we have been told that it is hard for any product to be purchased on Amazon without customer reviews — so we will be very appreciative of this!

This won’t effect anyone who currently uses My Blood Pressure, but as part of listing on Amazon, we have decided to increase the “official” price. However for the immediate future we will still be offering My Blood Pressure at the current price ($19.95 — electronic delivery). We may remove this discount in the future, possibly when v3.0 is released — however, our policy on upgrades will always remain the same — as existing user’s all future versions and upgrades will be completely free.

In addition, we are now producing CDs in house (if you purchase the electronic download + CD option) due to our old contractor sending other products/mixing up labels/CDs not arriving. Apologies to those people who have been inconvenienced by this.

Contributed by: Kellie Helen

My Blood Pressure News

A new version of My Blood Pressure (v2.01) was released earlier this week.

This version fixes two non-critical bugs. Unless you feel that these problems will effect you, I do not recommend that you need to upgrade.

The problems that are fixed are:

  1. If you enter/edit the averages and shutdown your computer immediately, My Blood Pressure may revert to the default averages. (A work around in v2.0 is to shutdown and restart My Blood Pressure if you add a new average).
  2. If you change the printer’s page setup to “Landscape” mode, the report will still print in “Portrait” mode.

Thank you to the people who sent me information about these problems.

Unless you feel these problems will effect you, I would recommend waiting until v2.1 is released in a couple of months time. If you do want to upgrade now, please see: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com/what-is-new.html

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 must read article this week, especially for women, is a study that shows over the counter pain relievers are linked to high blood pressure in women.

Painkillers equal hypertension in females
Alarming new research shows that women taking high doses of non-aspirin painkillers (such as Tylenol) are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure than women who don’t. (Full story)

People with prehypertension at risk
About 59 million people suffer from prehypertension in the United States who are at a high risk of heart disease, according to new research released in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (Full story)

Adolescent girls manage stress better
Teenage girls may have a greater protection against the effects of stress due to their ability to maintain lower blood pressure. In a study of teenagers’ responses to mental stress, Georgian researchers found that girls did not exhibit the same increase in blood pressure as did their male peers. (Full story)

Seniors suffer from untreated blood pressure
A study of nearly 5,300 American seniors over 80 years old showed that many with high blood pressure were not receiving the recommended care for hypertension, especially women. (Full story)

Hypertensive heart disease kills Robin Cook MP
Robin Cook MP, a former British foreign secretary has died at age 59 from hypertensive heart disease. (Full story)

Yet another reason to eat chocolate
A small study by Italian researchers, “proved that eating half a bar of dark chocolate daily could lower blood pressure.”, as reported in HeartZine UK. Wonderful news for chocolate lovers! (Full story)

Contributed by: Kellie Helen

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, Kellie interviews (by email) William Stewart and we publish a story by Michelle C.

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
PO Box 1468
Rozelle 2039
Australia
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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