Updated 07 July 2014

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.

Pre-treatment examinations: Medical history and physical examination

1. Is there a curable cause for your high blood pressure?
The majority of people suffer from essential hypertension that has no obvious cause. Primary or essential hypertension can be controlled with lifestyle modification and sometimes, added medication. 


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