Duration Of Elevated Blood Pressure

Evaluating Risk Factors: Long-Term High Blood Pressure

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as duration of elevated blood pressure — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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In the Commonly Known Lab Values section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about duration of elevated blood pressure:
If you have hypertension (elevated blood pressure), how long has it been elevated? Don't include periods where it was normalized by medication or other means.
Possible responses:
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ Less than two years
→ 2 to 6 years
→ 6 to 10 years
→ More than 10 years

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate recent onset hypertension, medium-term hypertension or long-term hypertension, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

While systolic blood pressure is a better predictor of cardiovascular events than diastolic blood pressure or pulse pressure, all three measures are strongly and directly related to the risk of coronary and cerebrovascular events. [Archives of Internal Medicine, 2001; 161: pp.1183-92]

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