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Variances in Between-Arms Blood Pressure Increase Risk of Death


Variances in Between-Arms Blood Pressure Increase Risk of Death

(ePharmaNews) – Many physicians neglect measuring blood pressure in both arms, which is, according to a new American study, a huge professional error; as variances in readings between both arms mean increased risk of heart diseases and increased rate of death in the subsequent 10 years.

Hypertension, so-called the silent killer, is widespread in industerized populations, and is one of the major risk factors responsible for strokes and cardiovascular diseases.

The team found that a difference of 15 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or more between readings was linked with an increased risk of narrowing or hardening of the arteries supplying the lower limbs, called peripheral vascular disease.

The researchers looked at 230 patients with high blood pressure. They found that, after adjusting for age and gender, there was a 9 percent increased risk of death over the next 10 years for every one mm/Hg difference in blood pressure reading between the arms.

It is worth mentioning that these results were noticed upon differences in systolic readings, and while diastolic variances did not have that effect.

The researchers encouraged physicians to add measuring blood pressure in both arms to their routine list, as early detection can results in better outcomes.

The study was published in BMJ, and led by Dr.Christopher Clark from Pennsylvania University.


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