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Screening for Hypertension

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about screening for hypertension?

Screening means your blood pressure (BP) is checked for hypertension, even if you do not have signs or symptoms. Regular screening can find problems early and treatment can begin. Early treatment can save your life. Your healthcare provider will talk to you about the benefits and risks of screening. Screening is recommended every year starting at age 40. Screening may be recommended every 3 to 5 years from ages 18 to 39. If you are pregnant, screening will be done at each prenatal visit.

What do I need to know about hypertension?

What increases my risk for hypertension?

Am I a good candidate for hypertension screening?

You are a good candidate if you are at least 18 years old and either of the following is true:

How is screening for hypertension done?

What are the risks of hypertension screening?

What should I ask my healthcare provider before I decide to have hypertension screening?

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