Don’t Miss a Beat: Ask Questions
Your blood pressure is important. If it’s high, you’ll want to ask your doctor some of the following questions during your visit. Taking proper care of high blood pressure can help you reduce dangerous heart risks.
What is my blood pressure reading in numbers? Ask your health-care provider to write it down for you.
What is my goal blood pressure?
Is my blood pressure under adequate control?
Is my systolic pressure too high (over 140)?
What would be a healthy weight for me?
Is there a diet to help me lose weight to lower my blood pressure, if necessary?
Is there a recommended healthy eating plan I should follow to help lower my blood pressure?
Is it safe for me to start doing regular physical activity?
What is the name of my blood pressure medication? Is that the brand name or the generic name?
What are the possible side effects of my medication? (Be sure the doctor knows about any allergies you have and any other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements.)
What time of day should I take my blood pressure medicine?
Should I take it with food?
Are there any foods, beverages, or dietary supplements I should avoid when taking this medicine?
What should I do if I forget to take my blood pressure medicine at the recommended time? Should I take it as soon as I remember, or should I wait until the next dosage is due?