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.
Mitral valve prolapse is a common cause of a heart murmur caused by a "leaky" heart valve. Most cases of mitral valve prolapse are not serious and only need to be monitored.
Mitral valve prolapse is associated with many other symptoms and conditions. But experts aren't sure that mitral valve prolapse is what causes them.
The Seventh Joint
National Committee (JNC 7) on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment
of High Blood Pressure recommends:2
Healthy adults with normal blood pressure (119/79
mm Hg or below) should have their blood pressure checked at least every 1 to 2
years. This can be done during any routine medical visit.
who are prehypertensive (120–139 and/or 80–89 mm Hg) should have their blood
pressure checked as often as recommended by their doctor or at least yearly.
This can be done during any routine medical visit.
other risk factors for heart disease or evidence of disease
caused by high blood pressure need to have their blood pressure checked more