Home > Medical > Hypertension > Measuring blood pressure Measuring blood pressure All sections in Hypertension » About Hypertension » Medication » Effects on the Body » Explaining Hypertension » FAQs » Health Tips » Lifestyle Changes » Living with Hypertension » Measuring BP » Hypertension News » Real-life Story » Stress, Women & Obesity » Types of Blood Pressure » Risk Factors Visiting your GP: Questions he/she will ask When you visit your doctor, he/she will firstly establish your medical history and perform a physical examination. Visit your doctor: Routine and special investigations After taking a medical history and performing a physical examination, certain tests mey be necessary. Visit your doctor: When to see a specialist What if the ECG and blood tests are not normal? When should one see a specialist instead of your GP? Your GP will refer you, but here are the guidelines. Quiz Am I at risk for hypertension? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Are you ready to quit smoking? » Subscribe Newsletters » 10 salty food culprits 10 foods with hidden fat A sphygmo… mano… what? There have been great technological strides made in blood pressure testing. 24 Hour monitoring: ambulatory blood pressure It is mostly used to establish if white coat hypertension is only white coat hypertension and not real hypertension. Different cuffs The size of the cuff does matter. How exactly is the blood pressure test done? Usually two readings are done, two minutes apart, and then averaged. Diagnosis of hypertension Have a health care provider check your blood pressure annually. This will ensure accuracy. Pre-test advice Pre-test advice and your position during the test. Which type of blood pressure equipment is best? Mercury sphygmomanometer, aneroid sphygmomanometer or electronic measurement? load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.