Know Before You Go
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
There is useful information to provide to your physician to ensure you get the most out of your visit. Before your appointment gather the following information:
- Family history of cardiovascular diseases such as heart and stroke
- Family history of high blood pressure
- A diary of blood pressure readings taken at home in morning and evening for the past week if you monitor your pressure at home
When visiting your physician, be sure to get the following questions answered before leaving the office:
- What was my office blood pressure reading? If this is much higher than your readings at home, ask if you might have white coat hypertension.
- Does a single high reading mean I have high blood pressure?
- How often should I monitor my blood pressure at home? At what times of day should I monitor my blood pressure?
- Is there a blood pressure monitor that you recommend?
- How do you recommend that I lower my blood pressure?
- Do you have a specified diet or exercise program for me?
- Will I need to take medication?
- What medication do you recommend?
- What are the side effects?