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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Has the doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with hypertension?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What medications are you taking (if any) for high blood pressure? (optional)

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Most important questions to ask about High Blood Pressure

Top 10 Questions about High Blood Pressure

  1. What is hypertension (high blood pressure) and what causes it?
  2. How will hypertension (high blood pressure) affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of heart disease and stroke?
  3. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  4. Are there symptoms of hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  5. What are my treatment options for hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  6. What are my current blood pressure measurements, what do they mean, and what are my goals?
  7. How do I check my blood pressure at home and how often should I check it?
  8. What are acceptable readings for me and are there readings that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?
  9. What medications can treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and how long do they take to start working?
  10. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  1. What is hypertension (high blood pressure) and what causes it?
  2. Is hypertension (high blood pressure) curable or controllable?
  3. How will hypertension (high blood pressure) affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of heart disease and stroke?
  4. How can I lower my risk of developing complications from hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  5. Are there symptoms of hypertension (high blood pressure) that should prompt me to seek immediate medical attention?
  6. What types of healthcare providers do I need to see and how often do I need to see them?
  7. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  8. Are there symptoms of hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  9. Could another medical condition be causing my blood pressure to be high?
  10. How is hypertension (high blood pressure) diagnosed and what kinds of tests do I need?
  11. Can my primary care doctor diagnose hypertension (high blood pressure) or will I need to see a specialist?
  12. When and how will I learn of my diagnosis?
  13. Does hypertension (high blood pressure) get worse over time?
  14. How does hypertension (high blood pressure) affect your life and long-term health?
  15. What are my treatment options for hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  16. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  17. What are my current blood pressure measurements, what do they mean, and what are my goals?
  18. How do I check my blood pressure at home and how often should I check it?
  19. What are acceptable readings for me and are there readings that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?
  20. Is it safe for me to exercise or participate in strenuous activities and what kind of exercise is best for me?
  21. What role does weight loss play in controlling my hypertension (high blood pressure) and what is my ideal body weight?
  22. What other lifestyle changes, including stopping smoking and changing my diet, should I make?
  23. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  24. What medications can treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and how long do they take to start working?
  25. Why are you recommending one type of high blood pressure medication over another for me?
  26. How will I know if my dose needs to be changed or adjusted?
  27. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  28. How long will I need to use medication for hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  29. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for hypertension (high blood pressure)?

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Top 10 Questions about High Blood Pressure

  1. What is hypertension (high blood pressure) and what causes it?
  2. How will hypertension (high blood pressure) affect my daily life and long-term health, including my risk of heart disease and stroke?
  3. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  4. Are there symptoms of hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  5. What are my treatment options for hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  6. What are my current blood pressure measurements, what do they mean, and what are my goals?
  7. How do I check my blood pressure at home and how often should I check it?
  8. What are acceptable readings for me and are there readings that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?
  9. What medications can treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and how long do they take to start working?
  10. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?

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