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The difference in blood pressure readings between arms and survival: primary care cohort study

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1327 (Published 20 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1327

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Re: The difference in blood pressure readings between arms and survival: primary care cohort study

Another important reason to assess the blood presure in both arms on at least one occassion, is to determine which arm should be used in the future to monitor blood pressure and to assess any response to hypertension treatment.

If there is a significant difference in the blood pressure reading in each arm, this should be recorded in the patients chart as the higher reading arm should be the one used in future blood pressure measurements.

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 March 2012
Glen D. Burgoyne
Family physician
Penticton Regional Hospital - Canada
432 Ellis St. Penticton B.C. Canada, V2A 4M2