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How often should you get your blood pressure checked at age 60 and up?

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You can have high blood pressure and not know it. Get your blood pressure checked by a health professional every year, even if your blood pressure is normal. You may need screening more often if your pressure is higher than that or if you have diabetes, are overweight or obese, or have other risk factors.

From: Medical Tests for Your 60s and Up WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

American Heart Association: "Heart-Health Screenings."

National Cancer Institute: "Tests to Detect Colorectal Cancer and Polyps."

CDC: "Gynecologic Cancers: What Should I Know About Screening?"

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Quick Statistics."

American Diabetes Association: "Executive Summary: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

CDC: "Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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