Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Hypertension
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Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Hypertension

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You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about your personal risk factors and/or experience with hypertension. By talking openly and regularly with your healthcare provider, you can take an active role in your care.

General Tips for Gathering Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your healthcare provider:

  • Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
  • Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
  • Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.

Specific Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider

About Hypertension

  • What is my blood pressure?
  • How high is my blood pressure?
    • Do I have hypertension?
    • Is my blood pressure high enough to require treatment?
  • Does my blood pressure increase my risk for other conditions?

About Your Risk of Developing Hypertension

  • Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for high blood pressure?
  • How can I prevent high blood pressure?

About Treatment Options

  • What medications are available to help me?
    • What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
    • Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am already taking for other conditions?
    • What time of day should I take my blood pressure medications?
    • What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
  • Are there any alternative or complementary therapies that I should consider?

About Lifestyle Changes

  • Should I engage in exercise?
    • What type of exercise is best?
    • How much should I be exercising?
    • How do I get started with an exercise program?
  • Are there dietary changes I should make? How do I go about it?
  • Can you refer me to a registered dietitian?
  • Should I stop drinking alcohol?
  • How can I find help to quit smoking?
  • Do I need to lose weight? If so, how much?
  • Should I check my blood pressure at home? How do I go about it?

About Your Treatment Goals

  • At what level do you want to maintain my blood pressure?
  • How do I know if my blood pressure is staying within healthy limits?
  • How often should I have my blood pressure checked by a healthcare provider?

References:

American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org .

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ .



Last reviewed February 2007 by Elie Edmond Rebeiz, MD, FACS

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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