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How often should I have my blood pressure checked?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You should follow your medical provider's instructions on how often and when to check your blood pressure. Blood pressure readings measured at home can be used to determine if medications are working properly. Take time to discuss when and how often you should check your blood pressure with your provider.

Your healthcare provider will tell you how many times and how you should take your blood pressure. Carefully follow your healthcare provider's instructions.

Adults ages 30 and older should have their blood pressure checked annually. If there is a family history of high blood pressure or associated risk factors (such as obesity, diabetes, smoking, thyroid disease or kidney disease), more frequent screenings may be recommended.

Dr. Dianne L. Zwicke, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Your blood pressure should be checked at every office visit. For healthy men and women, these checks should be done at least every two years. More frequent checks are needed for people at risk or who have had high blood pressure in the past. Ask your provider if you should check your blood pressure at home between visits.

You should have your blood pressure checked whenever you see a healthcare professional. Or if you have not had any history of high blood pressure, at a minimum of every two years.

How often you should have your blood pressure checked depends on a couple of factors. If you ordinarily don't have any other medical issues, then your blood pressure ideally should be checked at least once a year or every time that you see your primary care doctor. This is really the first spot where doctors are able to screen and pick up cases of high blood pressure. If, in fact, your blood pressure is high in that first screen, it does need to be confirmed through either subsequent visits to the same doctor or via confirmatory readings at home.

If you haven't seen a primary care doctor, then, certainly, you can go ahead and have your first check done at the local pharmacy or wherever you are able to get a blood pressure machine from.

Otherwise, if you're not feeling well, that's also a good time to get your blood pressure checked. For example, if you're getting headaches chronically, maybe around the same time every day, or going on for more than a couple days in a row without any other explanation. You may even have blurry vision or more progressive issues like shortness of breath when you're exerting yourself. All of those can also be signs of the blood pressure being high and that's a really good time to check the blood pressure. Of course, if you can check it right at that time, then that's fantastic as opposed to checking it several hours later when you're home because it could have already recovered by then.

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