How Often Should I Get My Blood Pressure Checked?
Here are some basic guidelines:
- If your blood pressure is normal (less than 120/80), get it checked at least every 2 years or more frequently as your doctor suggests.
- If your blood pressure is borderline high (called prehypertension) -- systolic blood pressure between 120 and 139 or diastolic blood pressure of 80 to 89 -- check it at least every year or more often as your doctor suggests. Depending on whether you have other medical issues, a “borderline” reading might be considered too high.
- If your reading is 140/90 or higher, you have high blood pressure and need to see your doctor. You may need to start medication.