Creating a Plan with Your Doctor
Committing to a plan to control high blood pressure (HBP) is important – but it doesn’t always come easily. Partnering with your doctor is the key to finding a routine that you can actually stick with. Let your doctor know what’s making it tough to stick with your treatment plan (such as a busy schedule, finding time for exercise, or the cost of medication). The high blood pressure worksheet below provides a structure of what to do before, during and after your appointment to help you create a personalized high blood pressure treatment plan with your doctor.Answer These Questions Before Seeing Your Doctor (PDF)
Before The Appointment
Take Note Of:
- How have you been feeling?
- Is anything preventing you from sticking to your current plan?
- Any changes in your blood pressure?
- Any side effects from any medication or symptoms?
- How do you treat your side effects and/or symptoms?
- What questions or concerns do you have for your doctor?
- High Blood Pressure Worksheet (PDF)
- List of all your medicines (including OTC, vitamins, and herbs)
- Pen and paper or recording device
- The right mindset:
- Be your own health advocate
- Identify a meaningful goal for why you want to improve your health
During The Appointment
Be honest with how you’ve been feeling. Tell your doctor if you’ve been having any symptoms or side effects, and talk through any questions you may have about your prescribed blood pressure plan and medication moving forward. If you have any concerns, discuss them with your doctor and the two of you can work together to find a solution that works for you.
Part of being your own health advocate is getting all the information you need. If language is a barrier, bring someone with you who can translate and help you get all the information you need.
Write Things Down
Ask your doctor to write down your blood pressure treatment plan for you. Also, you can ask your doctor if you can record the visit on a tape recorder or your phone.
Understand Your Blood Pressure Numbers
Learn how often, where, and how your numbers should be checked.
After The Appointment
Take Your MedicationResources for getting discounts for your prescriptions:
- Eldercare Locator, Community Assistance For Seniors
- MediCare’s Extra Help Program
- Partnership For Prescription Assistance
- RX Assist Patient Assistance Program Center
Keep Track Of:
- Your medication and usage
- How you’re feeling: side effects, energy levels, etc.
- Questions you have for your doctor
- Your blood pressure numbers
Commit to a Blood Pressure Treatment Plan
If you fall off the plan one day, get back on track the next day. If you find it too hard to stick to your high blood pressure treatment plan, talk with your doctor about making a plan that’s more manageable for you. Remember that committing to your plan is the best way to avoid the consequences of high blood pressure. For tips to help you stick to your plan; go to the Manage Your High Blood Pressure page.