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Arterial hypertension is the persistent elevation of blood pressure to values above those established as normal. Normal values are defined as a systolic, or “maximum”, blood pressure below 140 mmHg and a diastolic, or “minimum”, blood pressure of less than 90 mmHg.
Tests used to diagnose hypertension
The patient’s medical history, including the following data:
Cardiovascular risk factors.
A family history of cardiovascular disease, particularly in the case of any first-degree relatives who have died under the age of 50 because of a heart condition.
Diet and physical activity.
The presence of other diseases that could reduce the amount of control over blood pressure values, such as diabetes or kidney disease.
If taking any medications that can cause hypertension.
Blood pressure measurement. The primary test used to diagnose high blood pressure is its direct measurement. Blood pressure should be measured while the patient is seated, with the arm supported on a table and at the same height as the heart. The patient should not cross their legs. The patient should remain in this position for a few minutes before correctly fitting an appropriately sized cuff. It is important to select a certified brand of electronic blood pressure monitor http://www.seh-lelha.org/aparatos-medida-pa/.
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Substantiated information by:
Antonio Coca PayerasMedical InternistInternal Medicine Department
Cristina Sierra BenitoMedical InternistInternal Medicine Department
Dolors Estrada RaventósServicio de Medicina Interna
Miguel Camafort BabkowskiMedical InternistInternal Medicine Department
Mónica Doménech Feria-CarotMédica InternistaServicio de Medicina Interna
Rosa Soriano GiménezNurseInternal Medicine Department
Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018
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