Silent Health risks are no longer a secret

A new study led by some researchers at a university in UK are quite close to conclude that silent health risks can be found if the blood pressure is measured in both the arms. According to them, if the pressure difference between the two arms is more than 10 mm of hg or 15 mm of Hg then the health risks can be calculated and patients can be put for further diagnosis of vascular diseases like- peripheral vascular disease (narrowing and hardening of artery system), cerebrovascular (affecting blood supply to brain), cardiovascular (disease arising from arterial disfunctioning affecting the heart).

What exactly is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the pressure exerted on the walls of arteries due to blood flow. It is Systolic when the heart contracts and diastolic when the heart relaxes or expands. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mm Hg wherein 120 is systolic and 80 is diastolic. Pressure above 140/90 mm Hg leads to hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure condition. Heart attacks and heart failures are the result od HTN. 90/60 mm Hg or less, pressure condition is hypotension and for some it suggests fitness while for others it might lead to a condition of life-long shock.
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Now-a-days, almost every person has twists and turns in their life and hence, tension is common to all. Blood pressure is the first thing which gets affected and it is also the only thing that can best measure what is going on with our major body organs. Sometimes certain silent health risks are also there and if they are detected beforehand then precious lives can be saved. This study can prove to be a major breakthrough in the field of science. According to Dr. Clarke at PCMD UK, two arm blood pressure checks can help in spotting silent health risks like- cancer, diabetes, heart stroke etc. All of these, if not detected timely, may lead to death.

Although the study is still going and nothing can be concluded as for now, we still have a light of hope. Such regular check-ups must always be done as one never knows when he gets unlucky. If this study proves to be positive then many millions of people around the world and their families can be helped. Many of them who don’t even get to know the reason behind the sudden death of their loved ones will now have a hope of knowing that. Prevention is always better than cure.

Silent Health risks are no longer a secret
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