Blood Pressure Screening
The Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) recommends blood pressure testing for adults at all routine doctor visits.footnote 2
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
Experts recommend:footnote 1
- Healthy adults with ideal blood pressure (140/90 mm Hg or below) should have their blood pressure checked at routine medical visits.
- Adults with medium risk (high-normal) blood pressure (121–139 and/or 80–89 mm Hg) should have their blood pressure checked as often as recommended by their doctor or at least yearly. This can be done during any routine medical visit.
- Adults with other risk factors for heart disease or evidence of disease caused by high blood pressure need to have their blood pressure checked more often.
- Daskalopoulou S, et al. (2015). The 2015 Canadian hypertension education program recommendations for blood pressure measurement, diagnosis, assessment of risk, prevention, and treatment of hypertension. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 31: 549–568.
- Canadian Hypertension Education Program (2013). 2013 Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) recommendations for the management of hypertension. Available online: http://www.hypertension.ca/chep-dp2.
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Current as ofJuly 15, 2015
Current as of: July 15, 2015
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