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What is the difference between taking ur blood pressure in ur upper left arm and lower left arm and is it higher or lower than the reading?

What is the difference between taking ur blood pressure in ur upper left arm and lower left arm and is it higher or lower than the reading?

No difference: In the absence of any constricting lesion(s) below the elbows affecting the arterial blood flow downstream, their should not be any difference in the BP readings if appropriate cuff sizes are used. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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What could be causing my blood pressure to read 15- 20 points different systolic betwween my right and left arm?

What could be causing my blood pressure to read 15- 20 points different systolic betwween my right and left arm?

Could be a: Blockage in the artery in the arm with lower reading. If you have symptoms of weakness in lower reading arm get evaluated. ...Read more

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Why is blood pressure variation of 20 mmhg in right nd left arm?

Subclavian stenosis: Typically caused by subclavian artery stenosis. Left more common than right. No treatment required if asymptomatic unless coronary bypass with lima is planned. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is very high and I have a achy pain in left arm should I be concerned?

My blood pressure is very high and I have a achy pain in left arm should I be concerned?

Yes, Be Concerned!: Untreated high blood pressure is also called the "silent killer' because it causes damage to the heart, kidneys & brain. Any unexplained left (or right) arm / shoulder / neck / jaw / chest discomfort should be evaluated asap, especially if heart & stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure are present. See a doctor asap (now). ...Read more

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I am 25 and I am having my left arm in pain since 4 days. I went to the doctor at midnight and my blood pressure was 147/97.

I am 25 and I am having my left arm in pain since 4 days. I went to the doctor at midnight and my blood pressure was 147/97.

Recheck: You may have high BP
need follow up and check with your family physician
multiple readings are necessary.Your first reading may be also high due to anxiety and stress too. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is 164/112 after taking norvasc (amlodipine) 3 hrs ago having pains in my left arm?

My blood  pressure is 164/112  after taking norvasc (amlodipine) 3 hrs ago having pains in my left arm?

Why hypertension: The pain in the left arm may or may not be because of the blood pressure but in your setting likely is. At your age you should not have this pressure and it should be more responsive to medication. You need to have your endocrine system (thyroid,adrenal glands) and your kidney system evaluated as well as cardiovascular. Ask your MD why you have this pressure and ask soon. This pressure no exercise ...Read more

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Overtime i'm standing up from the couch my left arm starts to tingle. Had a little bit of low blood pressure today, is this some nerve in my arm?

Overtime i'm standing up from the couch my left arm starts to tingle. Had a little bit of low blood pressure today, is this some nerve in my arm?

Left arm tingle: Hello. Tingle in your left arm could very well be related to some nerve irritation. For example, if it was the outside part of your left arm, then the cervical #5 nerve could be involved. If outside part of your forearm was involved then cervical #6 nerve could be involved. Tingling shouldn't have caused low blood pressure. ...Read more

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Male 36 years old with previous heart attacks and stent procedure who has home blood pressure reading of 157/109/132 on left arm sitting. 160/119/128?

Male 36 years old with previous heart attacks and stent procedure who has home blood pressure reading of 157/109/132 on left arm sitting. 160/119/128?

High blood pressure: I recommend that you see your internist to re-evaluate your blood pressure control. Your numbers are not that good and you risk further compromise to your health if you don't. ...Read more

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Why do I get sharp pain in my left arm & rarely my right, then my heart feels cramped. I'm 21 & my doctor checks my blood pressure regularly its fine?

Why do I get  sharp pain in my left arm & rarely my right, then my heart feels cramped. I'm 21 & my doctor checks my blood pressure regularly its fine?

More detail?: This is unlikely to be due to anything important at this age. It sounds musculoskeletal (?Sport related) or stress related. Nonetheless if it persists further history and tests are needed. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is always lower on right arm say 100/58 and my left is 110/68 is this normal?

My blood pressure is always lower on right arm say 100/58 and my left is 110/68 is this normal?

BP discrepancy : At your age , I do not feel this is a significant difference between the two arms and I would not worry about it . ...Read more

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Why would left arm blood pressure always be very low 80/50 and my right arm 121/80 ?

Narrowed artery: You need to see a cardiologist or a vascular surgeon. If it is true that your left arm BP is significantly lower than your right arm , you may have a narrowing of the left subclavian artery which is the main artery to your left arm. ...Read more

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Blood pressure in right arm was: 142/80 and blood pressure in left 128/78. Is this normal?

Blood pressure in right arm was: 142/80 and blood pressure in left 128/78. Is this normal?

C below: You are 19 but... People with an arm-to-arm difference of 15 points or more are twice as likely to have peripheral artery disease—essentially cholesterol-clogged arteries in the arms, legs, or other non-heart parts of the body.
In your case Mild coarctation could also be present ...Read more

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Are blood clots in the arm connected to blood pressure cuff left on at all?

Are blood clots in the arm connected to blood pressure cuff left on at all?

Arm blood clots: Unlikely that a BP cuff is the cause of blood clots in the arm unless left inflated for an extended period - hours. Sounds as if you were in the hospital and usual cause of blood clots in the arm is the IV placed causing thrombophlebitis. This is usually due to an infection of the vein or potentially due to medications given through the iv. ...Read more

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Why is my systolic blood pressure consistently 5-10 points higher in right arm than left?

Why is my systolic blood pressure consistently 5-10 points higher in right arm than left?

BP: If the difference in BP between the right arm and left is > 15 mm Hg, it requires evaluation for peripheral vascular disease. A british study showed that this finding will also increase the risk of future stroke. Therefore, If the difference is consistently 15 mm Hg or greater, further evaluation is warranted ...Read more

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My blood pressure in my right arm is much more than my left arm.Personalise+what to do ?Please

Bp: When there is a large pressure difference between the two arms, it usually means there is some kind of flow obstruction in the vessels to the arm with the lower blood pressure. Usually this isn't an urgent situation but you ought to consult your doctor to have it checked out. ...Read more

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Took blood pressure in my left arm 117/77 but when I took my blood pressure on my right arm it was 124/87. Why the difference?

Varying bp: Hi Derrick, to explain it simply, you have a different configuration of arteries from the right arm to the left. Some vessels are slightly larger than others. This effects pressure. A difference of 7mmhg is not clinically significant and should not be anything to worry about. Concern would start at a difference of 20mmhg. Hope thats helpful. ...Read more

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Different blood pressure reading in right and left arms, a cause for concern ? Should said readings be spaced 5 minutes apart ?

Normal: The left arm is closer to the heart, the right arm is further away from the heart. The condition of the blood vessel also make a difference. Generally everybody has a different blood pressure measurement in each arm. The key is not the 2 being different, the key is the measurement is within acceptable parameters. ...Read more

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