Blood Pressure Manager Review


Program Requirements:
Palm OS 3.1 or higher
16 K free RAM

Windows, Linux, BeOS, Solaris

I have high blood pressure. I’ve already had one stroke, and don’t want
another. They are totally not fun. I also have a PalmPilot. I recently hit up
the idea of using a database to keep track of my blood pressure readings over a
period of time

I’m a part-time programmer, which essentially means I’m lazy. So rather
than sit down and create a new program from scratch, I decided to see if there
was anything already available that would suit my needs.

Enter Blood Pressure Manager by Rafael
Andres Marin de la Cruz
. It’s a very simple, very basic application to do
exactly what I want: it keeps track of blood pressure readings. But beyond that,
the program also shows the overall average statistics and the weekly
distribution of all readings. In addition, all the pressure values can be
plotted on a graph with the ideal, borderline and hypertension lines.

Need to print the data to show your doctor? BPMDesktop, from the same author,
will read the data file from your PalmPilot. This program will print, plot
additional graphs, and export the readings data as a comma delimited file the
records of your readings database using. The exported file can be imported to
most all spreadsheets (like StarOffice or Excel). This desktop software comes in
Windows, BeOS, Linux and Sun Sparc/Solaris versions.

The data entry screen looks like this:

(Yes, it’s in color if your PalmPilot has that capability.) As you can see,
you can enter your blood pressure and your pulse. The program automatically
registers the date and time. This is the date and time you enter the data; the
program operates on the assumption that you’re entering the data as you read
it. You do, however, have the capability of editing the entry to change the date
and time. You can also track multiple readings for each day. There is also a
notes field for adding any comments, notes, etc.

After you’ve entered several sets of data, the main screen will begin to
look like this.

To add a new reading, simply click on the New… button. This screen is also
where you access the statistics and graphing functions.

The statistics screen displays the average readings for each day
individually, as well as the average for the week. The graph function displays
each individual reading for pulse and diastolic pressure; I have been unable to
graph the systolic readings. But for me, that’s no big deal, since Excel does
a better graphing job anyway.

I’ve been using Blood Pressure Manager since September 7 of this year, and
find it to be an indispensable aid in tracking my readings. And an even bigger
plus is that I didn’t have to write my own program. But the biggest plus of
all is the price: it’s free.


Price: $Free

Easy to use


Only seems to graph diastolic readings and not systolic


Product Information

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Julie February 25, 2003, 12:38 am

    Post your comments here on the Qcam 210 WebCam Review.

    Just click the POST REPLY button on this page.

  • Rizal February 25, 2003, 4:12 pm

    Hi Julie, is this the camera you’re going to take to Scotland? It’s certainly portable enough. Just kidding. I’m looking forward to a review of the digicam that you decide upon to get for your trip.

  • Julie February 25, 2003, 4:25 pm

    😀 Nope. I don’t know if either of us will take our Fuji’s with us on the trip… I bought the Sony DSC-U20 digicam to take on the trip. It is super tiny!

  • Trokair February 25, 2003, 7:46 pm

    Heya Julie. I noticed that you mentioned that there was no NetMeeting in your Windows XP install. It turns out that there is, apparently, and that you can get to it by typing conf in the Run box.

    Windows Messenger apparently took over most of the need for it, but it’s nice to know that its still there. Great site, and keep it up!

  • Julie February 25, 2003, 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the tip!!!

  • Trokair February 25, 2003, 8:38 pm

    Not a problem at all. 😀


  • The Reader February 28, 2003, 9:26 pm

    Haha, I think they look like weirdos!! Maybe the camera’s horrendous quality made it possible? Sh!t, I didn’t know they could still come up with crapy webcams like this. And why review sh!t anyways, review something that someone may actually want to use.

    And notice that the 2nd last pic the damn cam used sharping technique to try to make the image more sharp. It’s a joke.

    Maybe only the price will redeem this POS.

  • Julie March 1, 2003, 2:25 pm

    The Reader:
    You’ve made some irrelavant posts in the past, but this one really takes the cake…

    [B]And why review sh!t anyways, review something that someone may actually want to use.

    Are you actually serious? The whole point of writing reviews is to help the consumer with their purchasing decisions. What better way to do this than to show all types of products, both good and not so good. A person considering buying the Qcam, now knows more about it through this review… which is the whole point of this site.

  • The Reader March 3, 2003, 7:14 am

    I know what you mean… but If i was doing reviews, I’d go for the more well known ones, because that’s where most people are deciding if they should get it. If the product was hyped up big time and it comes out bad, then it’d be signifigant. Cuz a cam that the one you reviewed, it is no suprise it SUCKs.

  • Rizal March 4, 2003, 1:38 am

    Hi Julie, I must agree with you. I know from your review to avoid this product, a conclusion I may not have come to until after I’ve purchased it and used it.

    I’ve bought stuff without reading reviews on it (usually because no one’s bothered to review it) sometimes I’ve regretted it and sometimes not. Obviously, I wished that the purchases I’ve regretted had reviews.

  • lmazzola March 8, 2003, 6:31 pm


    I agree with you for the price you can’t beat the portability. I was on business in Taiwan and this camera allowed me to see and hear my family everday using Yahoo instant messenger. The best part was I didn’t even know I had it in my luggage. Quality is ok, price is great, size is wonderful. Give Crayton Electronics a break guys it looks like there webcam. I hear there are two more models coming out with better resolution.

    But then again you can always buy a logitech for twice the price!

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