• Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Hypertension

     
     
     
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    The following questions can help you talk to your physician about your individual risk for hypertension or your treatment of hypertension if you already have a diagnosis. Print out or write down these questions and take them with you to your appointment. Taking notes can help you remember your physician’s response when you get home.

    If you are concerned about your risk for hypertension…

    • Based on my family history, am I at greater risk for hypertension?
    • Based on my personal history, am I at greater risk for hypertension?
    • What risk factors do I have for hypertension?
    • What can I do to lower my risk for hypertension?
    • What is my blood pressure?
    • What should my blood pressure be?
    • How often should I have my blood pressure checked?
    • Can you help me quit smoking? (If you smoke.)
    • Is my weight within a healthy range?
    • What dietary choices should I be making for cardiovascular health?
    • What level of exercise is safe for me and will also have cardiovascular benefits?

    If you have been diagnosed with hypertension…

    • What is my blood pressure?
    • What should my blood pressure goal be?
    • How often should I have my blood pressure checked?
    • Should I monitor my blood pressure at home? If so, is one type of home monitor better than another?
    • Do I have any evidence of complications due to uncontrolled hypertension? (For example, problems with my eyes or kidneys?)
    • Can you help me quit smoking? (If you smoke.)
    • Is my weight in a healthy range?
    • What dietary choices should I be making for my blood pressure and overall heart health?
    • What level of exercise is safe for me and will also have cardiovascular benefits?

    If you take medication for high blood pressure…

    • What is (are) the name(s) of my blood pressure medication(s)?
    • Is there a generic form available?
    • What are the possible side effects?
    • What is the dose? How often do I take it?
    • What should I do if I forget to take my medication?
    • What other prescriptions may interact with this (these) medication(s)?
    • How do we know the medication(s) is (are) controlling my blood pressure?
    • What are my options if my blood pressure is not managed by my current medications?

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