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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.

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