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What should I tell my doctor if I have high blood pressure?

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Make sure your doctor knows about these things:

�All the medications you take, either prescription or over the counter

�Vitamins or other supplements you take

�Herbs you might use

�Alcohol and any other recreational drugs you use, or have used

�Other health problems, especially conditions such as diabetes

�Other things in your life that could contribute to high blood pressure, such as a tough family situation, a high-stress job, or a sedentary lifestyle

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Blood Pressure Medicines, High Blood Pressure: Things You Can Do to Help Lower Yours, and How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."  American Heart Association: "Taking Medication for High Blood Pressure." Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "High Blood Pressure, Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine" and "Senior Health: High Blood Pressure."



Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 21, 2019

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