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Blood Pressure: What to Ask the Doctor

Ask your doctor these questions about hypertension

A Veteran sits in an exam room as a provider takes their blood pressure. If you're managing hypertension, it's important to have good communication with your doctor. As you prepare for your next appointment, 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?

  • 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?

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

These tips can help you and your health care team work together. 

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. Learn how to track your blood pressure online.

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Updated June 21, 2023