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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.
Rechecking blood pressure
The Seventh Joint
National Committee (JNC 7) on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment
of High Blood Pressure recommends:2
For more information, see the topics High Blood Pressure, Prehypertension, and Home Blood Pressure Test.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2007). Screening for high blood pressure. Available online: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf/uspshype.htm.
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
November 12, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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