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What is the follow-up for high blood pressure treatment?

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After you start your high blood pressure drug therapy, see your doctor at least once a month until your blood pressure in under control. Your doctor may check your blood potassium and other electrolytes and BUN/creatinine levels (to check the health of the kidneys) 1 or 2 times a year.

Once you reach your blood pressure goal, see your doctor every 3 to 6 months, depending on whether you have other diseases such as heart failure.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs."

USDA Helathfinders.gov: "Eat Less Sodium: Quick Tips."

FDA: "High Blood Pressure--Medicines to Help You."

American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Blood Pressure Lowering Drugs."

USDA Helathfinders.gov: "Eat Less Sodium: Quick Tips."

FDA: "High Blood Pressure--Medicines to Help You."

American Medical Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on December 17, 2017

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