1/31/2012

Blood pressure disparities between readings from the left and right arms can indicate higher risks of vascular disease and death, according to a study in The Lancet. A systolic blood pressure difference of 10 mm of mercury between arms was associated with increased risk of asymptomatic peripheral vascular disease. A difference of 15 mm Hg means higher risk of cerebrovascular disease, a 70% higher chance of dying from cardiovascular diseases and a 60% higher risk of dying from all causes.

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