Diagnostics & Examinations

How often should one measure his blood pressure? And what is the doctor still investigating hypertension? More about this in this diagnostics chapter.

Is it true that hypertension is often not recognized or only late?

Yes, unfortunately. The reasons for this are that the high blood pressure usually causes no symptoms at first and the affected people therefore do not even come up with the idea to have their blood pressure checked.

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How do you detect hypertension?

Everyone knows the exam, where a cuff is placed around the upper arm and then inflated. So simple is the blood pressure measurement.

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Can I ask my doctor to measure blood pressure?

Yes, and you should do that regularly. It is important to check the blood pressure regularly even in younger people in order to detect hypertension early on.

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At what time should the blood pressure be measured?

The blood pressure should be measured if possible in the morning. Before that you should not take any medications and do not drink coffee or alcohol, as this may affect the values.

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The doctor's blood pressure was too high - how can I make sure that it is the same in everyday life?

If the blood pressure at the doctor was too high and so far no high blood pressure is known, a repeat measurement should be made a little later. If the values ​​are then increased, it is often followed by a long-term blood pressure measurement over 24 hours.

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Is a single blood pressure measurement sufficient?

No, the single measured value can always be falsified. In addition, the blood pressure during the day is subject to natural fluctuations. Therefore, it is generally recommended to take multiple measurements on at least three different days before drawing definitive conclusions.

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Why is my blood pressure higher at the doctor's than at home?

If the blood pressure measured at the doctor's office is higher than at home, it is often due to the fact that you have not come to rest in the doctor's office.

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On which arm should the blood pressure be measured?

First, the blood pressure should be measured several times on both arms, because not infrequently the measured values ​​differ. In subsequent measurements, one should always measure on the arm that has delivered the higher values.

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Newly discovered hypertension: what blood values ​​need to be determined?

It is true that too high a blood pressure often arises simply as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Nevertheless, it must always be clarified in a newly discovered hypertension, if there is no other cause behind it. This includes certain laboratory tests.

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Do I still have high blood pressure if only one of the two blood pressure values ​​is increased?

Yes, even if only one of the two blood pressure readings is elevated, it is a high blood pressure. Explanation: A blood pressure measurement always results in a high and a second, lower value.

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High blood pressure: What else needs to be investigated?

If you have high blood pressure or at least the suspicion, usually the blood pressure is regularly measured over a longer period or a 24-hour measurement is performed. But other factors have to be checked.

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How does the long-term blood pressure measurement work?

Blood pressure can be recorded on a portable recorder for 24 hours. The then automatic blood pressure measurement at regular intervals has the advantage that it not only delivers a single value.It can happen to be high or low and is therefore only conditionally meaningful.

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What should be considered in the 24-hour blood pressure measurement?

The aim of the long-term blood pressure measurement is to determine the blood pressure values ​​during a normal daily routine. Therefore, one should pay attention to the day of the measurement on a normal everyday life and do not plan any unusual sports or other activities.

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What is a blood pressure day profile?

A blood pressure daily profile is the measurement of blood pressure for at least 24 hours. It is therefore a long-term blood pressure measurement.

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When should a blood pressure day profile be created?

The blood pressure daily profile is used to monitor the blood pressure over 24 hours. Such a daily profile may be important because blood pressure levels naturally fluctuate during a day.

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Which values ​​are determined in a blood pressure day profile?

In a blood pressure day profile, i.a. the mean blood pressure is calculated in 24 hours. According to the guidelines of the German Hypertension League and the German Hypertension Society, this should not exceed 130/80 mmHg.

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Is it high blood pressure when the blood pressure values ​​vary greatly during the day?

In some people, the blood pressure fluctuates, so sometimes during the day they have quite high values ​​and then again lower values. These fluctuations in themselves do not say anything about hypertension.

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Why is my blood pressure in the clinic higher than at home in self-measurement?

The fact that blood pressure at home is often measured lower than in the doctor's office or at home, has an obvious reason. At the doctor or in the hospital, many people are excited, which causes the blood pressure to react immediately.

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What does mmHg mean when measuring blood pressure?

This is the unit of measurement used to measure blood pressure. The "mm" stands for millimeters, Hg for the chemical element mercury. It is a historic printing unit from the 17th century, but for some reason has survived all modern physical developments unscathed.

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