What to Do after You Know Your Blood Pressure

By Alan L. Rubin

Part of High Blood Pressure For Dummies Cheat Sheet

After you’ve received your initial blood pressure measurement, follow these recommendations for follow up visits with your physician and any actions you may need to take if you have high blood pressure:

SBP mm Hg DBP mm Hg Follow up Recommended
Under 120 Under 80 Recheck in two years
120-139 80-89 Recheck in one year; change lifestyle
140-159 90-99 Confirm in two months; one BP medication; change lifestyle
160 or greater 100 or greater Treat within a month; two BP medications; change lifestyle