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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About High Blood Pressure

You and your doctor are a team. You should ask questions about any concerns you may have, so that you understand what's going on with your health.

If you’re concerned about your blood pressure, or if your doctor is, start by asking these questions:

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  • What is my blood pressure?
  • What should my blood pressure be?
  • What kind of diet should I follow to help control my blood pressure?
  • How much should I weigh?
  • Can you recommend a diet or eating plan to help me reach that weight?
  • How much exercise should I be doing?

Then, if your doctor has prescribed blood pressure medication, ask:

  • What is the name of this medicine?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What interactions might happen with the other drugs I’m taking?

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC on May 08, 2012

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