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High Blood Pressure: What to Ask the Doctor

Ask your doctor these questions about hypertension

A Veteran talking to his doctor about his blood pressure via VA Video ConnectIf you're managing hypertension, having a good relationship with your doctor is important. The next time you talk to your doctor about blood pressure, consider asking the following questions:

  • What's the meaning of my blood pressure numbers?

  • What's my blood pressure goal?

  • Is there a healthy eating plan to lower my blood pressure and lose weight?

  • Is it safe for me to exercise?

  • Is it safe for me to have sex?

  • What is the name of my medicine? What is the common or generic name?

  • What are the possible side effects of my medicine?

  • What time of day should I take my blood pressure medicine?

  • Should I take it with or without food?

  • Are there foods I should avoid?

  • What should I do if I forget to take my blood pressure medicine at the recommended time?

Using these tips can help you and your health care team. They're working together to keep you healthy. Your health may be your most valuable asset, so be sure to protect it and ask questions.

Blood pressure wallet card

The "My Blood Pressure Wallet Card" from the National Blood, Lung, and Heart Institute can help you keep track of your medicines and blood pressure readings. It also has the list of the questions above to ask your healthcare provider.

Keep track

If you have a My HealtheVet Premium account, you can record, monitor, and share your readings online. If you don't have an account already, register today.

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Updated February 23, 2021