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Should Your Blood Pressure Be Checked in Both Arms? YES!

As heart disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the United States, practitioners and patients alike are looking for ways to cut risk factors and identify new clues to assist with early detection. New research published in the March issue of The American Journal of Medicine suggests that there is […]

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AJM in the News: Blood Pressure Research in the New York Times

The lead research article in the March 2014 issue of The American Journal of Medicine was featured in the New York Times Well Blog today. The Systolic Blood Pressure Difference Between Arms and Cardiovascular Disease in the Framingham Heart Study reveals that the the difference in blood pressure readings between a patient’s left and right […]

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March 2014: Differences in Right and Left Arm Blood Pressure (video)

What does it mean when a patient’s blood pressure in the left arm is different from his blood pressure in the right arm? Check out this video and related research in the March 2014 issue of the American Journal of Medicine. Here is a link to the research study: The Systolic Blood Pressure Difference Between […]

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Wretched Excess: Stool-softener Abuse and Cardiogenic Shock

More is never better when patients exceed recommended dosages, but a 62-year-old woman with schizophrenia took self-medication to an extreme that might have proved fatal. She presented with acute-onset chest tightness and dyspnea after taking 40 docusate tablets, 100 mg, for constipation. Subsequently, she developed voluminous diarrhea, which precipitated progressive shortness of breath and angina. […]

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