Family Medicine (NEW)

Diagnostic algorithm for the diagnosis of hypertension

  • mean automated office BP (AOBP) or office BP measurement (OBPM) sBP is ≥180 mmHg or dBP is ≥110 mmHg = HTN
  • if diabetic, OBPM ≥130/80 mmHg for ≥3 measurements on different days = probable HTN, rule out white coat HTN
  • if not diabetic and AOBP ≥135/85 mmHg or OBPM ≥140/90 mmHg, rule out white coat HTN
  • ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) daytime mean ≥135/85 mmHg OR ABPM 24 hr mean ≥130/80 mmHg = HTN
  • Home BP monitoring (HBPM) series mean ≥125/85 mmHg = HTN


Rabi DM, McBrien KA, Sapir-Pichhadze R, et al. Hypertension Canada’s 2020 comprehensive guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis, risk assessment, and treatment of hypertension in adults and children. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2020;36(5):596–624.