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What causes blood pressure difference in both arms?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
Question: I've just came back from an appointment with a Doctor of Chiropactory because of some sciatic nerve pain. I liked him very much. He took my blood pressure and it was 160/100 on my right side and 190/110 on my left side. He wants to check it again on Friday, but I was wondering if that would be related to my sciatic pain?
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Answered by Dr. Benard Shehu (6 hours later)
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Hi, XXXXXXX

I read your query very carefully and understood your concern.

I would like to say that a difference of 30 mmHg for systolic pressure (and 10 mmHg for diastolic pressure) between the right and the left side isn't related to your sciatic pain. This difference may be a sign for other health problem, such as:
- Blocked arteries in your arms (peripheral artery disease)
- Kidney disease
- Diabetes
- Heart defects

So i suggest to run further examinations to rule out any other disease:
- Blood work
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Heart ECHO
- Chest x Ray
- Doppler ultrasound exam of the arms.

Hope this was of help!
Dr. Benard
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What causes blood pressure difference in both arms?

Brief Answer: Refer to the following answer... Detailed Answer: Hi, XXXXXXX I read your query very carefully and understood your concern. I would like to say that a difference of 30 mmHg for systolic pressure (and 10 mmHg for diastolic pressure) between the right and the left side isn't related to your sciatic pain. This difference may be a sign for other health problem, such as: - Blocked arteries in your arms (peripheral artery disease) - Kidney disease - Diabetes - Heart defects So i suggest to run further examinations to rule out any other disease: - Blood work - Abdominal ultrasound - Heart ECHO - Chest x Ray - Doppler ultrasound exam of the arms. Hope this was of help! Dr. Benard