Washington: Differences in systolic blood pressure between arms could be a useful indicator of the likelihood of vascular risk and death, scientists have said.The findings of the study, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), add support to the calls for both-arm blood pressure checks to be performed as standard.The study reviewed 28 papers covering difference in systolic blood pressure between arms. It found significant evidence to suggest that a difference of 15mm Hg or more was associated with increased risk of peripheral vascular disease, pre-existing cerebrovascular disease and mortality, both as a result of cardiovascular problems and generally.
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