Get checked: Even before the new recommendations were issued, about 1 in 5 Americans with high blood pressure didn’t receive a diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To guard against this, have your blood pressure checked every three to five years if you’re age 18 to 39, or annually if you’re 40 or older or have other risk factors for hypertension. It usually takes two to three readings at separate medical appointments to confirm a diagnosis.
You may also want to invest in a home blood pressure monitor. Some people have high BP at the doctor’s office but not at home, and some have BP that’s normal at the doctor’s office but elevated at other times.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health March 2018
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