How is hypertension (high blood pressure) evaluated?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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In general, the evaluation of hypertension primarily involves accurately measuring the patient’s blood pressure, performing a focused medical history and physical examination, and obtaining results of routine laboratory studies. [5, 6] A 12-lead electrocardiogram should also be obtained. These steps can help determine the following [5, 6, 7] :

  • Presence of end-organ disease

  • Possible causes of hypertension

  • Cardiovascular risk factors

  • Baseline values for judging biochemical effects of therapy


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