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.
Your doctor can let you know how often you should get your blood pressure checked. It may depend on what your blood pressure is and your risk for heart disease. You can get your blood pressure checked during any routine medical visit.
Healthy adults who have a blood pressure below 120/80 might have their blood pressure checked at least every 1 to 2 years.
Adults who are prehypertensive (120-139 and/or 80-89) should have their blood pressure checked as often as recommended by their doctor or at least yearly.
Children and teens typically have their blood pressure checked during routine well-child visits and checkups. Blood pressure checks typically start after age 3. After age 21, men and women can follow the adult screening guidelines.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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