How many blood pressure readings are needed to accurately diagnose high blood pressure?

Answer:  Several.  The blood pressure measurements should be taken over time.  Your doctor will want the individual blood pressures, but may also average them to get your “true” blood pressure.  Use of a single blood pressure to determine whether blood pressure is controlled will yield a false result more than 20% of the time.

Take home thought: Between physician visits take your blood pressure at differing times of the day (most pharmacies have a self-starting blood pressure cuff), record all the blood pressures, and bring that list to your next office visit.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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