High Blood Pressure (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
The main test for high blood pressure is simple, fast, and painless. These are the usual steps:
If this test shows that your blood pressure is high, your doctor will likely have you come in two more times to be tested. This will confirm that you have high blood pressure.
Some people only have high blood pressure when they're at the doctor's office. This is called white-coat hypertension. If your doctor thinks this is getting in the way of measuring your true blood pressure, you may need to get your blood pressure measured away from the doctor's office.
Regular blood pressure checks
All adults should have their blood pressure checked regularly. Experts recommend:2
The automated devices you find in grocery stores or drugstores may not be accurate. Having your blood pressure checked at the doctor's office is best.
A home blood pressure monitor makes it easy to keep track of your blood pressure. It's a good idea to bring your home monitor to the doctor's office to check its accuracy.
Besides taking your blood pressure, your doctor will do a physical exam and medical history. Your doctor may also have you get other tests to find out whether high blood pressure has damaged any organs or caused other problems. These tests may include:
Your doctor may also check your risk of coronary artery disease.
Sometimes doctors automatically schedule routine tests because they think that's what patients expect. But experts say that routine heart tests can be a waste of time and money. For more information, see Heart Tests: When Do You Need Them?
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