Patient Evaluation

The evaluation of patients with hypertension has three objectives:

  1. To assess lifestyle and identify other cardiovascular risk factors or concomitant disorders that affects prognosis and guides treatment.
  2. To reveal identifiable causes of high blood pressure (secondary hypertension).
  3. To assess the presence or absence of target organ damage and cardiovascular disease.

The evaluation is accomplished through a proper history and physical examination.

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Physical Examination for Patients with Essential Hypertension