Blood pressure is the pressure of blood on the vessel walls. Blood pressure is an important indicator of health, as blood high pressure symptoms can mean that the system is under high stress. By monitoring blood pressure one can ascertain how that subject’s health is. Doctors can look to blood pressure charts to see how well the person is doing, and to chart that person’s decline or ascent in health. When it comes to checking blood, normal pressure reading for an adult is 120 systolic/80 diastolic (respectively, highest pressure of the cardiac cycle and lowest pressure of the cardiac cycle, with one cycle being a single heartbeat and the following rest). There isn’t much leeway for a healthy reading, with a low reading meaning the person is in crisis, and a higher reading a sign of some sort of ongoing disease, such as obesity.
by Dr. Victor Marchione
If youve ever been to the doctors office, you know they usually check your blood pressure right off the bat. If youre like me and get a little bit of white coat nervousness, they also check it at the end. By then, my nerves have settled and they can get a more accurate reading.
Or so youd think.
New research is showing that your doctor is making a huge mistake when it comes to checking your blood pressure, if he doesnt check blood pressure in both arms. Thats the most accurate way to determine you risk for hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and other conditions related to high blood pressure.
Doctors found a clear association between a difference in interarm systolic blood pressure and a significant increased risk for future cardiovascular disease. Therefore, if the pressure in one arm differed from the pressure found in the other, there was a greater …
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