Important update on a guidelines for diagnosing and treating high blood pressure

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which is a group that analyzes health data and makes recommendations about preventing the conditions those experts analyze, has reaffirmed its earlier recommendation of screening for high blood pressure in adults 18 years or older with office blood pressure measurement and obtaining measurements outside of the clinical setting for confirming a diagnosis of high blood pressure before starting treatment.

I highlighted that part of the recommendation because far too many people have been (are being) treated for minimally elevated HBP without confirming that their BP is elevated outside the doctor’s office.

If you get (have been) diagnosed with HBP, unless it’s very high in a clinical setting (such as a doctor’s office), always insist on getting that elevated reading confirmed in situations where you are not in a clinical setting.