CV risk revealed by taking BP in both arms
A study of 3300 people aged 40 and older at low risk of cardiovascular disease found that interarm systolic blood pressure difference (ISBPD) was associated with increased levels of traditional cardiovascular risk factors.
The researchers also found that a higher ISBPD was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors.
The study is the first community-based cohort study to show such an association.
Measurements were taken in the right arm first, followed