Diagnosing high blood pressure. Part 4 of 12

Diagnosing hypertension (Diagnosing high blood pressure) is as simple as taking a blood pressure reading. Most doctors’ offices check blood pressure as part of a routine visit. If you don’t receive a blood pressure reading at your next appointment, request one.

If your blood pressure is elevated, your doctor may request you have more readings over the course of a few days or weeks. A hypertension diagnosis is rarely given after just one reading. Your doctor needs to see evidence of a sustained problem. That’s because environmental conditions can contribute to increased blood pressure. Plus, blood pressure levels change throughout the day.

If your blood pressure remains high, your doctor will likely conduct more tests to rule out underlying conditions. These tests include:

  • urine test
  • cholesterol screening
  • test of your heart’s electrical activity

These tests can help your doctor identify any secondary issues causing your elevated blood pressure.

During this time your doctor may begin treating your hypertension. Early treatment may reduce your risk of lasting damage.

Part 5 of 12 will follow on Saturday. Please keep the date for indepth knowledge about the silent but deadly disease of high blood pressure.

Table of Contents:

  1. What is hypertension?
  2. High blood pressure symptoms
  3. High blood pressure causes
  4. Hypertension diagnosis
  5. High blood pressure numbers
  6. High blood pressure treatment
  7. High blood pressure medicine
  8. High blood pressure home remedy
  9. High blood pressure diet
  10. High blood pressure during pregnancy
  11. Effects of high blood pressure
  12. High blood pressure prevention