Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Blood Pressure

Updated:Jan 6,2017

Many people have questions for their healthcare professionals about tests, drug treatments, risk factors and lifestyle changes to help control blood pressure.

You can print this page or download a printable PDF. Add your own questions and take it to your next appointment.

About High Blood Pressure

  • What do my blood pressure numbers mean?
  • What should my blood pressure be?
  • What are my options to control high blood pressure?
  • How often should my blood pressure be checked?
  • What about home blood pressure monitors?
  • Should I use blood pressure machines at stores?
  • How does exercise affect my blood pressure?
  • What's my daily sodium (or salt) limit?
  • Will I need to take blood pressure medicine?

About Drug Treatment

  • What kind of medicine should I take?
  • Is there sodium in the medicine I take?
  • What should I know about the medicine?
  • What are the side effects?
  • How do I know if it's working?
  • How can I remember when to take the medicine?
  • What if I forget to take a medicine?
  • Should I avoid any foods or other medicines?
  • Can I drink alcohol?
  • How long will I need to take my medicine?

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This content was last reviewed October 2016.

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