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Medical tests for high blood pressure

Medical tests for high blood pressure


When you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor may carry out a number of other tests. The results of these checks will help him or her to choose the right lifestyle changes and medicines for you to lower your blood pressure.

The links below explain the different tests you may have and how they help your doctor to choose the best blood pressure treatments for you.


Blood pressure tests

Sometimes it can be difficult to know if your blood pressure reading in the surgery or clinic is accurate. Some people have much higher readings in the surgery than at home - this is known as the "white coat" effect. For this reason, your doctor may ask you to use a special monitor to record your blood pressure over 24 hours to see what it is like throughout the day:

Tests on your body and organs

Your doctor will want to see if your high blood pressure has affected your body and its organs. The results of these tests will help your doctor to choose the best medicines and lifestyle changes for you and treat any other problems you may have:



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