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Newsletter Issue: 5 — Date: 19th September 2005 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the My Blood Pressure Newsletter. In this issue we have an article written by Dr. Tom Floyd and stories by Michael Stichel and Ian Ross.

Dr. Floyd was kind enough to write this fascinating article for the newsletter — thank you! — Steve told me that after reading it, for the first time he could visualize what high blood pressure did to him — and did not want it again! I also found it interesting to see how medical knowledge and recommendations have changed with time — however it seems one constant is that when it comes to blood pressure — the lower the better. Thanks Dr. Floyd!

We also have two interesting stories from users of My Blood Pressure. Thanks to Michael Stichel and Ian Ross for sharing their experiences with both high and low blood pressure. I have been contacted numerous times by people saying how they can relate to these stories and have been through similar experiences. Thanks Michael and Ian for sharing your stories and to those who have done so in previous newsletters.

My Blood Pressure News

Work is underway on v2.1! If everything goes to plan, I will be announcing a public beta version in the next newsletter. Thanks to everyone who has made suggestions and given me feedback.

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.

High blood pressure a risk factor for bleeding strokes
A study reported in the American Heart Associations journal Stroke, found young adults aged 18-49 years who suffer bleeding strokes had some preventable risk factors, such as high blood pressure. (Full story)

Coffee can be good for your health
Coffee has been shown to offer a high level of cancer and heart disease fighting antioxidants in a new study. However, there seems to be as many pros for coffee and there are cons for its consumption. (Full story)

Risk of glaucoma increased by hypertension
A study released by The University of Birmingham, UK of over 27,000 people with glaucoma highlights a strong link between high blood pressure and glaucoma. (Full story)

Housework can lower blood pressure in hypertension sufferers
Indiana University researchers have shown that people suffering from hypertension who participated in daily physical chores around the house and yard lowered their blood pressure. (Full story)

Contributed by: Kellie Helen

Blood Pressure Article – by Dr. Tom Floyd

Moved to: People who Monitor their Blood Pressure

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, we publish a story by Michael Stichel from Germany and Ian Ross from Scotland.

My Story – Michael Stichel

Moved to: People who Monitor their Blood Pressure

My Story – Ian Ross

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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