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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends
screening for adults 18 and older for
high blood pressure.1
Tests and programs for high blood pressure vary widely in reliability.
Results from automated blood pressure testing, such as you might do at a
grocery store or pharmacy, may not be accurate. Any high blood pressure
measurement discovered during a blood pressure screening program needs to be
confirmed by a doctor or another health professional.
Your doctor can let you know how often you should get your blood pressure checked. It may depend on what your blood pressure is and your risk for heart disease. You can get your blood pressure checked during any routine medical visit.
For more information, see the topics High Blood Pressure, Prehypertension, and Home Blood Pressure Test.
Children and teens typically have their blood pressure checked during routine well-child visits and checkups. Blood pressure checks typically start after age 3. After age 21, men and women can follow
the adult screening guidelines.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2007). Screening for high blood pressure: Reaffirmation recommendation statement. Available online: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf07/hbp/hbprs.htm.
Other Works Consulted
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2013). Screening for primary hypertension in children and adolescents. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspshypechld.htm. Accessed January 11, 2014.
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.
Current as of:
March 12, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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