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Big arm-to-arm difference in blood pressure linked to higher heart attack risk

March 5, 2014

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Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

Julie Corliss is the executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before working at Harvard, she was a medical writer and editor at HealthNews, a consumer newsletter affiliated with The New England Journal of Medicine. She … See Full Bio
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April 11, 2014

On the Article Regarding Children Prescreen iPhone Apps

Some very interesting points have been addressed in this article, especially when you speak about how much is too much viewing. Will we ever know the question to this question?
The effect that ipads, iphones, tablets, is of course having some effect on all of us that use them, but like all monetary valuable things, time will reveal its real wealth. The other important thing is every parent has a responsibility these days to at least review or critique what their child has fallen prey too.

April 10, 2014

god article as far as it goes, however, what can I do about a right arm bp of 189/68 left arm bp of 99/66,my consultant doesn’t seem too worried as long as I don’t have pain in my arms, this article indicates that something could be done to alleviate the problem, what??

April 10, 2014

Good article, but what do I do.
My left arm bp is 99/66,right arm 189/68, I know that I have clogged up arteries, so does my consultant, all he seems interested in is whether I have pain in my arms,(I haven’t at the moment), I have no problem walking, but after half a mile, I get pain in both my calves, this wears off after a while. I am a smoker but am trying to give it up, I am 72years of age. What should my consultant do about it??

Richard Little
April 19, 2014

John, you really need to STOP smoking immediately. And you need to get a second opinion with a highly respected Cardiologist right away, if you’re still alive right now.

March 26, 2014

Thanks for the info — been suffering from HBP for the past few years. I’ll have my doc check both my arms next time!


Derek Barrington
March 21, 2014

A very interesting article. From persomnal experience I have only ever had blood pressure checks on one arm, never had both tested.

Sentinel Med
March 21, 2014

Really a great article. The tips mentioned here are very very helpful. I would like to add here that one must be very cautious about his/her health while traveling. To prevent any complications you must consult your doctor too. 🙂

March 12, 2014

Most of person has blood pressure. This is big problem that if you have abnormal blood pressure in your two arms. You may be get heart attack. This information is more informatics. There are following all health tips that are very helpful for every person.

Minaz Rattansi
March 10, 2014

Very important, as most people do not realize the importance of having both arms measured. Secondly, often it is not practiced by health care professionals either! This applies to physicians and nurses equally – they should take both arms, rather than leaving it with only one.

March 9, 2014

I recently went through 3 treatments of Chelation Therapy, I stopped it because of complications,now my blood pressure differs in both arms systolic by 40 points or more,left is normally 115 over 73 and right is 165 over 76 , my medical dr says my cholesterol & tryglicerides are now in a ok range, & said to check the BP Mach for accuracy my machine is accurate , I checked it with 4 other people ,there pressure was within 10 points difference arm to arm, please advise
Thank You

March 7, 2014

Most horrifying is the fact that the entire world is becoming obese due to lifestyle changes and more and more people are prone to heart attack diseases due to high blood pressure. Articles like this should be more widely publicized to ensure that more common people read this. Thanks again.

March 6, 2014

I am tired of medical studies showing results only in %. If two died in the 10% different group and only one died in the lesser group that would be 50% increase in death!! GET MY POINT! Show the totals. That would be much more meaningful.

Jual Mniatur
March 6, 2014

Thank you very much Mrs. Julie Corliss on information already given, Granted to stimulate heart activity to stay healthy self We needed the will of its own, if there is a willingness to healthy surely We will always take good care, could not consume the cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. Maybe with a healthy lifestyle as well as the heart we would be much healthier. Perhaps unhealthy lifestyle such as the above can be minimized by doing activities that could make would forget it all, like entrepreneurship, helping others and doing good things.

Vince Mioraglia
March 6, 2014

Since I believe a recent review found no benefit in treating pressure less than 160 systolic would this procedure provide benefit even at those levels? Obviously central pressure is more important than biracial pressure . Since atenolol has not been shown to effectively reduce central pressure or for that matter events how would that play here. Perhaps statins would be indicated…. good for the industry….perhaps patients need more evidence based data

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March 6, 2014

Finally, an issue that I am passionate about. I have looked for information of this caliber for the last several hours. Your site is greatly appreciated.

March 6, 2014

Thanks for this information I will ask my doctor to check both arms.I have already been diagnosed with HBP,I’m working on losing weight and having a healthy heart.

March 5, 2014

Wow! really a great article. For people who suffer from high blood pressure most of them donot know what it is. It is a silent killer. It doesnot do any visible harm at first but the slow impacts on all organs have a long standing effect and tends to limit functions of multi organs. Most horrifying is the fact that the entire world is becoming obese due to lifestyle changes and more and more people are prone to heart attack diseases due to high blood pressure. Articles like this should be more widely publicized to ensure that more common people read this. Thanks again.

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