High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Lab Tests to Monitor the Impact of High Blood Pressure and health information

Do you have high blood pressure?

Find the right lab tests for hypertension to determine whether the cause is an underlying medical condition that can be resolved or controlled and to evaluate the status of your kidneys and organs to get a baseline of organ health and monitor the control of your blood pressure and organ status over time with Ulta Lab Tests. Learn about your health today!

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a silent killer that can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. The good news is there are lab tests for hypertension that can help determine the cause of your condition and monitor your progress. With regular testing, you'll be able to identify any underlying medical conditions and get them under control before they become serious problems. You'llYou'll also be able to keep an eye on your kidneys and organs, so you know how healthy they are at all times. This will help ensure that everything stays in tip-top shape as you work towards controlling your blood pressure with medication or other treatments.

It's important to find out what's causing your high blood pressure, so it doesn't get worse over time or affect other parts of your body, like the kidneys or liver. That way, if it turns out the problem is something simple like dehydration, lack of exercise, or stress, then you will be able to resolve it quickly without having to resort to medications with side effects that could harm more than just one organ system in our bodies. 

We offer over 2,000 lab tests; however, there are 15 tests we recommend to order if you suspect you're at risk for high blood pressure or want a range of general health indicators. If you're tired of waiting around at the doctor or have restrictive copays, our services can help. 

The process is simple. Select from the lab tests listed below that are right for you, have the test done at any one of thousands of different professional diagnostic testing centers, and review your test results typically in 1 to 2 days after your blood is collected. We'll notify you when they're ready, and you'll find everything you need in your private health portal. You can then share these results with your doctor or loved ones. 

When it comes to assessing your high blood pressure risk and status, it's better to know! 

Check out our guides for more information on lab tests to detect if high blood pressure is caused by an underlying medical condition and get a baseline reading of your kidney and organs' health.

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High blood pressure is a perfect example of "silent but deadly." It doesn't show symptoms until later stages when it's already done significant harm to your health and body. 

 And to make it worse, high blood pressure is more common than ever, and due to in-clinic medical costs, people are going to the doctor less often - which means they don't get diagnosed or receive the proper monitoring and control.

One out of every three adults has high blood pressure in the US. Worried that you or a loved one are one of them? Read about risk factors and what affordable tests you can order to test your exposure below. 

High Blood Pressure Symptoms 

Like we said above, by the time you have noticeable symptoms, like the few below, your high blood pressure is doing significant damage to your body. 

You may have advanced high blood pressure and correlating health issues if you often have: 

  • Nosebleeds 
  • Unexplained stomach issues
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate 
  • High cholesterol levels 

Since high blood pressure symptoms can lie dormant for so long, it's better to determine your diagnosis and risk as soon as possible. See if you identify with any of the risk factors for developing high blood pressure below. 

Risk Factors 

Risk factors don't determine whether or not you contract a disease. They're simply factors that make developing that disease more likely. 

These factors are also cumulative, meaning the more you have, the higher your risk is. If you find yourself represented in two or more elements below, order a screening test now. 

Age Sex 

Blood pressure rises with age. It's natural and expected, but something to keep an eye on. Men have a higher risk of high blood pressure than women before age 64, but women's risk starts to catch up around age 65.


Though many studies have suggested that high blood pressure in African Americans is due more to socioeconomic differences and stresses than differentiating physical characteristics, people of color are more likely to have high blood pressure and correlating complications. 

Family History 

Worried you're at risk for high blood pressure? Take a look at your family tree. Like many other biological conditions and illnesses, blood pressure risk can be passed from generation to generation. 

If you don't know about your parent's health and can't ask them, you can be the first generation to discover genetic risk. 

Being Overweight or Obese 

The more you weigh, the harder your body must work to complete daily and regulatory functions. High blood pressure is sensitive to stress, including the biological stresses being overweight puts on your systems. 

Losing weight is an effective way to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing it in the future. 

Not Being Active 

Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle go hand in hand. So, it shouldn't be surprising that not getting enough exercise, even if it's something as simple as walking, is related to high blood pressure. 

Eating better, losing weight, and moving around more are lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk.  


If you're an adult who smokes, you're at a higher risk for a large number of health issues. High blood pressure is one of them - even if it's second-hand smoke. 

If you've been looking for a reason to quit, here's another one: smoking is bad for your heart. 

A Sodium-Filled Diet 

Americans eat about 50% more sodium, on average, than is medically recommended. Salt causes your body to retain fluid, which raises your blood pressure. 

Eating more whole foods and cooking your meals is an excellent way to reduce sodium intake. 

Too Little Potassium 

Even if you were eating the recommended amount of salt, you're still putting yourself at risk if you're not getting enough potassium. 

Potassium helps the body process (get rid of) salt, and when there's not enough, sodium stays in the body, keeping your blood pressure higher for longer. 


Having more than one drink a day for women and more than two a day for men can raise your risk of developing high blood pressure. 

Drink responsibly and make sure you watch your serving sizes - your heart health will thank you. 


High blood pressure is directly related to high levels of stress. When you're stressed, your body essentially reverts to the primal fight-or-flight mode, which keeps you on high alert. 

Your body isn't made to stay in that highly-alert stage for more than a few minutes at a time without long periods of relaxation in between. 

When you're overstressed or stressed often, it tires out your body and causes it to produce more of the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is linked to high blood pressure, weight gain/the inability to lose weight, trouble sleeping, mental disorders, and many other unpleasant side effects. 

Making time to unwind and relax won't just reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure; it could change your life. 

Chronic Conditions 

If you have a chronic illness, such as diabetes, kidney disease, or sleep apnea (which are all correlated with being overweight or sedentary), you're at a higher risk of high blood pressure at well. 

Thankfully, those managing other chronic conditions are more likely to see their doctor often and get diagnosed or warned about blood pressure levels before the general public. It's a little bit of a silver lining. 

Do you have more than two of the risk factors above? Worried you already have or are at risk for high blood pressure? You can order tests from the comfort of your own home. 

Learn which tests to order (and what the results mean) below. 

Lab Tests for High Blood Pressure 

You can do things to lower your risk of developing high blood pressure and reduce already high levels - but you can't do them if you don't know! Get clued in by ordering your cardiovascular lab tests and knowing your health.

1. Lipid Panel with Ratios 

Lipids are fat-like substances in your body that make up and communicate between cells. This test takes a sample of the lipids in your blood and looks at the different levels of each type. 

While a lipid panel will give you a blood pressure reading like an arm cuff would, it will tell you if you have high cholesterol, which is correlated with high blood pressure and increases your risk of heart disease. 

2. Apolipoprotein B

Apo B is a substance that metabolizes other lipids (like cholesterol), helping them stay at healthy levels in your blood. Apo-B's deficiency shows a higher risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. 

Order this test if you have a family history of heart disease or suspect you do.

3. Lipoprotein A 

This is another test to order if you have or suspect a family history of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, it's often ordered after a heart attack, stroke, or if your doctor suspects you have high cholesterol. 

It's often ordered in combination with a lipid panel or some of the tests above.  

4. Fibrinogen

If your doctor is worried about frequent nosebleeds (a progressed symptom of high blood pressure), your risk of life-threatening blood clots, or any bleeding disorders, they'll order a Fibrinogen test

It looks at the coagulation of your blood, how well it clots, and the amount of functional and dysfunctional Fribrinogen in your blood. 

Your test results will translate what these levels mean for your health included. 

5. CBC 

There are tens, if not hundreds, of reasons to order a CBC or a complete blood count test. It's a part of routine medical exams if your doctor suspects any blood-related disorders. 

That could be anything from cholesterol, anemia, unexplained inflammation, or tracking treatments for long-term diseases like HIV and cancer. 

Our test includes both platelets and differential counts, but not all do - so double check before you order; it'll save you money in the long run. 

6. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel 

No process in your body operates separately from another. That's to say that your metabolic hormones are relevant when assessing heart disease, just as they're relevant when looking at something separate, like unexplained weight gain. 

This panel will give you results, including 

  • Glucose
  • Calcium
  • Protein levels
  • Sodium
  • Potassium 
  • Carbon dioxide 
  • Kidney disease tests
  • Liver tests 
  • Electrolyte levels 

If you're going to get anyone a comprehensive test, this is the one to purchase. You're getting ten or more tests for the price of one, even if that price is higher than other tests on this list. 

If you recall, sodium levels, potassium levels, and kidney issues are all risk factors for developing high blood pressure. 

7. Apolipoprotein A1

There are two types of cholesterol. HDL is "good" or "protective," and LDL, which is a health risk. This test measures the amount of good cholesterol in your blood. 

Having more Apolipoprotein A1 is a protective factor, which can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure. Order an APO AI screening here

8. Complete Urinalysis 

If your doctor suspects you have kidney issues related to high blood pressure, they'll order a urinalysis. This is one of the most uncomplicated and painless tests to order.

With this test, you can learn if you're at risk for kidney disorders and, therefore, high blood pressure.  

9. Cortisol

We touched on what cortisol does in the body above. It's a stress hormone, and it's related to a host of unpleasant health issues. 

Higher cortisol issues put you at a higher risk for developing cardiovascular problems, including (but not limited to) high blood pressure. Learn how you're managing your stress by ordering this total Cortisol test here. 

10. Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone 

If you're experiencing shortness of breath and a rapid heart rate, it could be high blood pressure or hyperthyroidism. 

Running a TSH test will help figure out which of these likely causes are behind your symptoms, and your doctor can suggest treatment from there.

11. Lp-PLA2

Another lipid-related test, an LP-PLA2, tests your phospholipase A2 enzyme levels. Too much can be indicative of inflammation, especially atherosclerosis.

This is a general cardiovascular disease risk screening test, perfect for those wanting to learn about their general heart health, who don't have a specific disorder they want to test for in mind. Order this test here.

12. Urine Albumin-Creatinine Ratio 

Albumin is a protein in your blood that gets filtered out in the kidneys. If your kidneys are functioning well and don't have kidney problems, diabetes, or high blood pressure, there should be almost none in your urine. 

Finding albumin in the urine is indicative of the above problems. Creatinine is a standard urine component, and normal levels suggest a healthy metabolic system. See how your kidneys are faring by testing your ALB levels now. 

13. APOE Genotyping 

APOE tests help us better understand how an individual's cardiovascular genetic factors are represented. 

The screening looks for different alleles (e2, e3, e4 on chromosome 19q3.2) genetic components related to cardiovascular disease risk, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Ordering High Blood Pressure Tests Online 

There you have it, 15 tests you can order if you suspect you're at risk for high blood pressure or want a range of general health indicators. If you're tired of waiting around at the doctor or have restrictive copays, our services can help. 

The process is simple. You order the test online, have the test done at any one of thousands of different professional diagnostic testing centers, and review your test results typically in 1 to 2 days after your blood is collected. We'll notify you when they're ready, and you'll find everything you need in your private health portal. You can then share these results with your doctor or loved ones. 

It's better to know when it comes to assessing your high blood pressure risk and status!