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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.

For more information, see the topics High Blood Pressure, Medium Risk (High-Normal) Blood Pressure, and Home Blood Pressure Test.



  1. 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.
  2. Canadian Hypertension Education Program (2013). 2013 Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) recommendations for the management of hypertension. Available online:


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