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A physical exam for high blood pressure also includes a medical history. The extent of the physical exam and the level
of detail in your doctor's questions depend on how high your blood pressure is
and whether you have other risk factors for heart disease. People who have many
risk factors may have a more detailed evaluation.
exam and medical history includes:
The physical exam and medical history
are done to:
Blood pressure measurements for adults are classified as
High blood pressure is also classified into
Your doctor might check for signs that
high blood pressure has already caused damage to your blood vessels, heart, or eyes. Your doctor might check for:
High blood pressure means the top number is 140 or higher or the bottom number is 90 or higher, or both. For your
doctor to confirm that you have high blood pressure, your blood pressure must
be at least 140/90 on two separate occasions. It is usually measured
1 to 4 weeks apart.
Except in very severe cases, the diagnosis is
not based on a single reading.
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
Weber MA, et al. (2013). Clinical practice guidelines for the management of hypertension in the community. Journal of Clinical Hypertension. DOI: 10.1111/jch.12237. Accessed December 19, 2013.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofFebruary 5, 2016
Current as of:
February 5, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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