What is the role of the patient’s medical history following documentation of hypertension (high blood pressure)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Following the documentation of hypertension, which is confirmed after an elevated blood pressure (BP) on at least 3 separate occasions (based on the average of 2 or more readings taken at each of ≥2 follow-up visits after initial screening), a detailed history should extract the following information:

  • Extent of end-organ damage (eg, heart, brain, kidneys, eyes)

  • Assessment of patients’ cardiovascular risk status

  • Exclusion of secondary causes of hypertension


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