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 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:
diagnosis of high blood pressure usually is based on an average of two or more
readings taken during two or more visits after an initial screening.
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Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (2003). Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure JNC Express (NIH Publication No. 03–5233). Bethesda, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
March 29, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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