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Old 08-26-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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Blood Pressure different on each arm

My husband has taken a blood pressure med for many years, keeping his BP under control. He is 69 years old and otherwise healthy, has never smoked, works out, and is in good shape, particularly at his age. Recently he took a BP reading and the left arm was normal for several days, so he stopped taking the med for a few days. After reading an article on the subject, he took his BP on his left arm and then on his right arm. The numbers on the right arm were higher by 16 points on the systolic and 5 points higher on the diastolic. Is this a warning of blockage?

 
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Re: Blood Pressure different on each arm

It's normal to be different on different arms.
Blood pressue changes with each heartbeat.

 
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Re: Blood Pressure different on each arm

Yup, blood pressure on the dominant arm is usually a little higher than the other. 16 points is probably quite normal.

 
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Re: Blood Pressure different on each arm

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My husband has taken a blood pressure med for many years, keeping his BP under control. He is 69 years old and otherwise healthy, has never smoked, works out, and is in good shape, particularly at his age.
Congratulations to your husband for leading a healthy life and for being in good shape.

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The numbers on the right arm were higher by 16 points on the systolic and 5 points higher on the diastolic. Is this a warning of blockage?
There is quite a difference in instructions for how the cuff is placed on the left arm versus the right arm. Did you follow the placement instructions?

Also...... since blood pressure can vary quite a bit during the day, and day to day, have you taken an average of readings, over several days, at the same time each day, and at different times each day?
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:59 PM   #5
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Re: Blood Pressure different on each arm

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... The numbers on the right arm were higher by 16 points on the systolic and 5 points higher on the diastolic. Is this a warning of blockage?
I don't think this is any warning of a blockage. BP can fluctuate over time and it is expected that you can have different readings on each arm. The question is, how high was the BP reading on the right arm? As long as both arms have a reading between the normal ranges of 110-140/60-90 mmHg, that's all fine.
Consider also the advice of not withdrawing/stopping the blood pressure medication without the knowledge of your physician.

The medication is helpful in maintaining a normal blood pressure. Once you discontinue that, eventually the blood pressure will go up once again. Continue monitoring the BP while on medication as well. When the BP becomes too low, then you have to inform the physician so that the dose will be decreased.

 
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