Routine lab tests are recommended before beginning treatment of
high blood pressure to determine organ or tissue damage or other
risk factors. These lab tests include urinalysis, blood cell count,
blood chemistry (potassium, sodium, creatinine, fasting glucose,
total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol), and an ECG
(electrocardiogram). Additional tests may be recommended based on
Review Date: 07/29/2010
Reviewed By: A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz.
Previously reviewed by David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of
Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine,
University of Washington School of Medicine (5/26/2010).
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