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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 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:
In most cases of high blood
pressure, the person does not have any signs of complications or secondary
causes of high blood pressure.
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.
If prehypertension or high blood pressure is
diagnosed, lifestyle changes and/or drug treatment may be started.
You may need more tests to check for
secondary high blood pressure or damage to other
organs, such as the kidneys, if:
Complete the medical test information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this test.
November 12, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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