BP needed in both arms: experts

Blood pressure should be routinely measured in both arms, experts say, after confirming that discrepancies between readings predicts an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Reviewing 20 studies, researchers found that patients with a systolic BP difference of 15mm Hg or more between arms are at high risk of peripheral vascular disease and cardiovascular mortality.

These patients faced more than a twofold increased risk of peripheral vascular disease compared with those with a difference of less than 10 mm Hg between arms, the