You may have been told that you have high blood pressure or you have a family history of cardiovascular disease. To delve further into what you can do, below is a list of questions for you to ask your health care professional.
Download the CDC handout to take with you when you see your doctor or nurse practitioner
Measuring Blood Pressure
• How often should I measure my blood pressure?
• How can I measure my blood pressure outside the doctor’s office?
• What do I need to know about correctly measuring my blood pressure?
Lifestyle and Habits
• What foods or drinks should I have or avoid to help me keep a healthy blood pressure?
• What types of physical activity are right for me to do on a regular basis?
Blood Pressure Medicines
• If I need to start taking blood pressure medicine, what type is best for me?
• I am currently taking blood pressure medicine. Do I need to adjust my dose or try a new type? How is my progress?
• What are the possible side effects of my current or new medicines?
• How often should I refill my medicine?
• What time of day should I take my blood pressure medicine?
• Should I take it with or without food?
• What should I do if I forget to take my blood pressure medicine?
I will talk to my doctor about any challenges I have measuring or controlling my blood pressure, including:
- Taking blood pressure medicine/s on time and in the right amount
- Side effects from my blood pressure medicines
- Measuring blood pressure on my own
- Making healthy lifestyle changes