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Questions To Ask If You Have High Blood Pressure

  • 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)?

  • 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 health care provider 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?

Adapted from the National High Blood Pressure Education Month Kit publicated by the National High Blood Pressure Education Program.

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Last reviewed December 26, 2007