This page contains the basic information about High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) .
The diagnosis of hypertension depends on blood pressure readings. Therefore, it's essential that blood pressure be measured carefully.
To obtain an accurate blood pressure measurement:
If your blood pressure is high, your doctor should examine your eyes, heart and nervous system, to look for evidence of damage from hypertension.
If there is no such evidence, you should return for at least two more blood pressure measurements. Only then should the doctor diagnose you with hypertension. That is because a single high reading can happen to anyone.
Once you are diagnosed with hypertension, other tests will check for organ damage. These tests can include:
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Created: 4/27/2004 | Last Modified: 8/21/2006
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