On more than a few occasions, I have measured significantly different blood pressures in my right arm and then my left arm, with the readings taken within the same five minutes. What does this mean?
It is not unusual for your blood pressure to be different in one arm than the other. Blood pressure may be slightly higher in your dominant arm. For example, if you are right-handed, you may get a higher blood pressure reading when taken on your right arm. Usually the difference between arms is 10 mm Hg or less. Now, if you have heart disease, studies show the difference between arms to be greater. The arm with the higher blood pressure, is the one you should monitor.
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Thanks for that excellent response ! It gives me information to speak with my Doctor about.
If you have time for one other question about blood pressure I would be very greatfull. If your BP starts off in the morning at say 115/73 and then goes to 140/75 by late afternoon, and this is a regular daily repeatable pattern, can you tell me anything about what may be causing this ?
I take a short acting BP med in the early afternoon to ward off the impending headache. On days I run, the BP tends to be much more stable thruout the day.
Unfortunately, I'm not able to shed light on why your blood pressure is increasing throughout the day. Maybe someone else will reply with a possibility, but be sure to discuss with your physician. It's possible your medication dosage or timing needs to be adjusted.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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what ifyour left arm and right arm significantly different reading,that normal or not