Talk to Your Doctor
Blood pressure (BP) is created by the force of your blood pushing against the artery walls as it circulates and the force of the artery walls as they resist blood flow. Elevated pressure in your arteries can mean high blood pressure. You have high blood pressure when your numbers are consistently 140/90 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury) or greater.
If your blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or higher, schedule an appointment with your healthcare professional to discuss your results. Here are some important questions to ask to get the discussion started. You may want to take notes in the space provided.
1. What is my blood pressure goal? ______________________________________________________________
2. Why is high blood pressure dangerous?_________________________________________________________
3. What do my blood pressure numbers mean? ____________________________________________________
4. How often should I have my blood pressure checked?_____________________________________________
5. What can I do to prevent or control high blood pressure? __________________________________________
6. What is a healthy weight for me? ______________________________________________________________
7. When can I start doing regular physical activity? ___________________________________________
Not all medications can be taken together. Sometimes medications (including over-the-counter medicines, herbals, and supplements) can interfere with each other. It’s important to make sure your healthcare professional knows all the medications you are taking. List them below and take this list to your next appointment.
Names of Medications: _______________________________________________________________________
(Include prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines like cold tablets and antihistamines, herbals, and