Hypertension: Diagnosis & Tests Menu

How is hypertension diagnosed?

Hypertension is diagnosed by your physician by using an inflatable arm cuff around your arm to measure your blood pressure reading using a pressure-measuring gauge. Your doctor will likely take two to three blood pressure readings with each at three or more separate appointments before making a diagnosis. You may be asked to record your blood pressure at home and at work for several weeks to provide a more accurate picture of blood pressure changes.

Your physician may also recommend additional testing to check for additional signs of heart disease, such as urinalysis, blood testing, lipid testing for cholesterol or an electrocardiogram.

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