Differing blood pressure arm to arm.

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JC760
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   Posted 10/11/2015 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently underwent a Heart Cath that revealed that other than the odd blockage I had bypassed 13 years ago, I do not have any issues with my heart and supplying arteries other than that they take a little different path across the heart, giving a false problematic appearance during a nuclear stress test. I feel pretty good most all of the time outside of issue from 30 pound weight gain over the last 18 months. Lifestyle changes not for the better.
My main concern, but not my current cardiologists, is the difference in blood pressure taken arm to arm.. My right arm is consistently higher than my left.. ie.. right was 148/83 and the left was 125/78.

MDforU
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   Posted 12/7/2015 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi JC,
This is not uncommon, but there are a couple of things that can cause it that would be worrisome (if rare). Aortic dissection may partially block the left subclavian artery (artery going to the left arm) and cause the pressure there to be lower than on the right side. Generally you know if you get a dissection (tearing pain in the chest/back radiating downward), but it can be asymptomatic and over time be a serious issue. Its rare but if your doctor is concerned about it they would consider a CT angiogram to evaluate the aorta. Also, since you have had blockages in the arteries of the heart, you could reasonably have a blockage in any other artery of the body, including the arteries in your arms. If you have a blockage (stenosis) in the left subclavian artery this could cause a difference in blood pressure. If you get cramping pain in the left arm with exercise that goes away with rest, it could be due to this type of blockage (arm claudication). A simple ultrasound of the arteries of the arm could be helpful in diagnosing this.
The more likely scenario is that this is just a normal aberration and there is nothing to worry about! Also, if you have no symptoms there's really no reason to screen for the above mentioned possibilities which is probably why your doctor is not very concerned. Like they say...don't treat a number!

Cheers

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   Posted 12/7/2015 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
hi guys and welcome. mdforu, you may wish to read the forum rules regarding medical professionals and advice. cheers.
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