Home Health & Fitness Questions to ask your healthcare provider about hypertension

Questions to ask your healthcare provider about hypertension

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High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. A blood pressure reading is given in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Here are some of the questions you need to ask your healthcare provider about hypertension;

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‘๐ˆ๐’๐Š ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‡๐ฒ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง

– Based on my personal history, am I at greater risk for hypertension?

– What risk factors do I have for hypertension?

– What can I do to lower my risk for hypertension?

– What is my blood pressure?

– What should my blood pressure be?

– How often should I have my BP checked?

– Can you help me quit smoking? (If you smoke)

– Is my weight within a healthy range?

– What dietary choices should I be making for my cardiovascular health?

– What level of exercise is safe for me & will also have cardiovascular benefits?

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐๐ข๐š๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‡๐ฒ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง:

– What is my blood pressure?

– What should my blood pressure goal be?

– How often should I have my blood pressure checked?

– Should I monitor my blood pressure at home? If so, is one type of home monitor better than another?

– Can you help me quit smoking? (If you smoke).

– Is my weight in a healthy range?

– What dietary choices should I be making for my blood pressure and overall heart health?

– What level of exercise is safe for me and will also have cardiovascular benefits?

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž

– What (are) the names of my blood pressure medications ?

– Is there a generic form available?

– What are the possible side effects?

– What is the dose? How often do I take it?

– What should I do if I forget to take my medication?

– What other prescriptions may interact with this (these) medication(s)?

– How do we know the medication(s) is (are) controlling my blood pressure?

– What are my options if my blood pressure is not managed by my current medications?

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