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?
  • Medications
    • 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?