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Newsletter Issue: 6 — Date: 23rd October 2005 — Web Site: http://www.my-blood-pressure.com

Welcome to the My Blood Pressure Newsletter. In this issue we have news about a new version of My Blood Pressure, and a story by Daniel Eaton.

Most people that I have spoken to in relation to My Blood Pressure, either have high or low blood pressure, or a high or low pulse rate. Daniel Eaton has both. Daniel sent me a link to a website about POTS which opened my eyes as to how finely tuned blood pressure is, and what can happen when things go wrong. I asked Daniel if he would be interested in writing his story and he kindly agreed. Thank you Daniel! … and I am sure that I am not alone in wishing you the best in the future, and hoping that the doctors can help.

My Blood Pressure News

A public beta of version 2.1 can now be downloaded. If all goes to plan, the general release will be announced in the next newsletter on the 20th November. As with all new versions, version 2.1 is a free upgrade.

If you are adventurous, and would like to help test the new version, please see the following webpage for more information:

The main changes in v2.1 are; a new “low ink style” for the printed report, a new “Memo” section in the printed report where you can enter any notes you want to print on the report, and the ability to create “Average groups” based on words in reading notes.

Thank you to everyone who has suggested new features and changes. If your suggestion has not been implemented in v2.1, it will be considered again for v3.0 which will be released next year. With a major version (like v3.0), we have more freedom to make larger changes than we do in a minor version like v2.1.

Contributed by: Steve Alan

My Health Software News – My Peak Flow

We are pleased to announce a new software program for asthmatics: http://www.my-peak-flow.com.

My Peak Flow works like My Blood Pressure, but tracks peak flow readings and asthma symptoms.

The story behind My Peak Flow is that I have a friend who has two children who both have asthma. I was speaking to her about My Blood Pressure and she mentioned that she would find something similar for children’s asthma useful.

I spoke to Steve about it, and not long after he had a program we could try. While My Peak Flow can be used by an individual, it has a couple of extra features designed to make it easier for mothers to keep track of one or more children. Steve is now planning to introduce some of these extra features into My Blood Pressure v3.0.

If you know someone who has asthma, or who has children with asthma, please let them know about http://www.my-peak-flow.com!

Contributed by: Kellie Helen

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.

Taking aspirin in the evenings may help hypertension
A Spanish study reported in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed taking aspirin at night instead of the morning may help to reduce blood pressure. (Full story)

Headaches prevented by taking blood pressure medication
British researchers have found people taking blood pressure lowering drugs suffered less headaches than people taking a placebo in a recent study. Blood pressure medication such as; diuretics, ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers prevented about a third of headaches in the study participants. (Full story)

Overweight people at high risk of hypertension
A French study of 250,000 people showed that overweight people with high blood pressure had twice the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke than healthy-weight people. The findings released in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association also indicate that people who are overweight yet with normal blood pressure had no increased risk. (Full story)

Cut salt to 6 grams a day to reduce blood pressure
Britain’s Medical Research Council (MRC) released a study that shows a salt intake of only 6 grams a day could reduce the risk of stroke by 13% and heart disease by 10%. (Full story)

Supportive partner good for blood pressure
Research released at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association showed people with stressful jobs but supportive partners had a decrease in of 2.5mm Hg in systolic blood pressure. (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!

In this issue, we publish a story by Daniel Eaton.

My Story – Daniel Eaton

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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