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When to see a doctor or health professional about high blood pressure?

You’ll likely have your blood pressure taken as part of a routine doctor’s appointment or via a health coach at a corporate health screening like those carried out by RediCare.

Ask your doctor or health coach for a blood pressure reading at least every two years starting at age 18. Blood pressure should be checked in both arms to determine if there is a difference. Your doctor will likely recommend more frequent readings if you’ve already been diagnosed with high blood pressure or other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Children age 3 and older will usually have their blood pressure measured as a part of their yearly checkups.

If you don’t regularly see your doctor, you may be able to get a free blood pressure screening at your place of work, a RediCare clinic or other locations in your locality such as a pharmacy.