High Blood Pressure
Frequently Asked Questions
11. If I'm diagnosed with high blood pressure, what questions should I ask my doctor?
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, here are questions to ask your doctor.
- Your Blood Pressure Numbers
- What is my blood pressure reading in numbers?
- What is my goal blood pressure?
- Is my blood pressure under adequate control?
- Is my systolic pressure too high (over 140)?
- Healthy Lifestyle Habits
- What would be a healthy weight for me?
- Is there a diet to help me lose weight (if I need to) and lower my blood pressure?
- Is there a recommended healthy eating plan I should follow to help lower my blood pressure (if I don’t need to lose weight)?
- 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?
- 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?