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    High Blood Pressure - When to Call a Doctor

    Call your doctor now or seek immediate care if:

    These are symptoms of malignant high blood pressure or hypertensive crisis.

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    Call a doctor if:

    • Your blood pressure is 140/90 or higher on two or more occasions.
    • You think you may be having side effects from your blood pressure medicine.
    • Your blood pressure is usually normal and well controlled, but it goes above the normal range on more than one occasion.

    Adults are encouraged to have their blood pressure checked regularly.

    Who to see

    Your blood pressure can be checked:

    • At a clinic where you work or go to school.
    • At pharmacies, health fairs, fitness centers, community centers, fire stations, and ambulance stations.
    • By a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
    • By a primary care doctor.

    For diagnosis and management of high blood pressure, see:

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    Last Updated: September 30, 2014
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