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High Blood Pressure Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How often do you forget or miss a dose of your high blood pressure medicine?
  • What changes have you made to your diet?
  • How often are you exercising?
  • Have you experienced chest pain or difficulty breathing?
  • Are you having any memory problems or difficulty with thinking?
  • When was your last comprehensive eye exam?
  • Does anyone in your family have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, death due to heart disease, kidney failure, or stroke?
  • Describe your diet. How much salt or sodium do you consume?
  • How often do you exercise?
  • Do you smoke or drink alcohol? How much?
  • What other medical conditions do you have, such as diabetes or sleep apnea?
  • When was your last blood pressure check?
  • What side effects are you noticing with your high blood pressure medicine?
  • What treatments have you tried so far to lower your blood pressure?
  • How do you diagnose high blood pressure?
  • What is my target blood pressure level?
  • Do I have risk factors for high blood pressure?
  • Beyond medications, how do you treat high blood pressure?
  • What are the possible complications of uncontrolled high blood pressure?
  • Do I need to take medicines to control my blood pressure?
  • What is the best high blood pressure medication for me? What are the side effects?
  • What changes do I need to make to my diet?
  • How much exercise should I be getting? What kinds of physical activity is best for me?
  • Should I monitor my blood pressure at home? How often?
  • Do I have other risk factors for heart disease or stroke?
  • Could another medicine control my blood pressure better or with fewer side effects?
  • What is the best treatment for my high blood pressure?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
  1. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/index.htm
  2. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension). Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20373417



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