Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
165 Doctors are Online

What causes differences in the BP between the two arms?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 2108 Questions
My friend in sick in the hospital for 5 days with a bacterial infection after a trip to Mexico. HIs blood pressure has been extremely low (60/50) at times and today he complained about the cuff being uncomfortable so they changed arms. HIs blood pressure in the other arm is high/normal. They are now saying he has either a blockage or blood clot. What type of questions should my friend being asking the doctors to make sure they don't miss anything?
Posted Mon, 10 Feb 2014 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Answered by Dr. Benard Shehu 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Causes to difference in BP of the 2 arms... Detailed Answer: Hi, I have read the medical history of your friend and feel sorry for the situation he is in. The differences in the BP between the 2 arms is normal; but, such huge difference might be related to: - infective endocarditis (as he is curing for bacterial infection) - atherosclerosis of the arm blood vessels - possible thrombosis of the arm veins I'd suggest he should ask the doctors to do: - cardiac echo to exclude endocarditis - doppler ultrasound of the arm to exclude atherosclerosis of the arm blood vessels - and angio Ct of the arm to exclude coarctation of the aorta Hope it answered to your query! Feel free to ask me other questions you might have! Dr.Benard
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Cardiologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor