Is It Ok To Take A Blood Pressure Reading In The Arm After A Bilateral Mastectomy?

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Asked by Wendy

Is It Ok To Take A Blood Pressure Reading In The Arm After A Bilateral Mastectomy?

I've heard that women with bilateral mastectomies can no longer have blood pressure readings taken in their arms. Is this true?

Answer

People used to believe this, but studies have shown that women with double mastectomies, who get their blood pressure taken in either arm, aren't at any more risk for health issues, such as lymphedema, than anyone else. Nevertheless, if a breast cancer survivor who's had a mastectomy is at all worried, she can ask to have her blood pressure taken in the femoral artery in her leg., which will produce just as good a reading.

Answered by PJ Hamel