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Talking to Your Doctor About Hypertension
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- What is my blood pressure?
How high is my blood pressure?
- Do I have hypertension?
- Is my blood pressure high enough to require treatment?
- How does my blood pressure increase my risk for other conditions?
- Am I or is anyone in my family at risk for high blood pressure?
- Can I prevent high blood pressure?
What medications are available to help me?
- Are there any side effects with the medications?
- Will blood pressure medications interact with other medications I take?
- What time of day should I take my blood pressure medications?
- What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that I should consider?
- If I change my lifestyle habits, will I still need to take medication?
Should I engage in exercise?
- What type of exercise is best?
- How much should I be exercising?
- How do I get started with an exercise program?
- Should I change my diet?
- Should I meet with a dietitian?
- Should I stop drinking alcohol?
- How can I find help to quit smoking?
- Do I need to lose weight? If so, how much?
- Should I check my blood pressure at home? How do I go about it?
- At what level do you want to maintain my blood pressure?
- How can I tell if blood pressure is rising?
- How will I know if the medication is working?
- Can I check my blood pressure at home or do I have to get it checked by a doctor?
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014