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High Blood Pressure in Adults, Screening, 2015

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Recommendations: Screening and Home Monitoring for Hypertension in Adults

  • High Blood Pressure: Screening and Home Monitoring -- Adults
    Grade: A
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults aged 18 years or older. The USPSTF recommends obtaining measurements outside of the clinical setting for diagnostic confirmation before starting treatment.

    Frequency of Service:

    The USPSTF recommends annual screening for adults aged 40 years or older and for those who are at increased risk for high blood pressure.

    Risk Factor Information:

    The USPSTF recommends annual screening for adults aged 40 years or older and for those who are at increased risk for high blood pressure. Persons at increased risk include those who have high-normal blood pressure (130 to 139/85 to 89 mm Hg), those who are overweight or obese, and African Americans. Adults aged 18 to 39 years with normal blood pressure (<130/85 mm Hg) who do not have other risk factors should be rescreened every 3 to 5 years. The USPSTF recommends rescreening with properly measured office blood pressure and, if blood pressure is elevated, confirming the diagnosis of hypertension with ABPM.

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