Doctor Discussion Guide

Most patients lack any real relationship with their healthcare provider, so an awkward dialogue takes place during most discussions in doctor’s offices. Here are the essential questions to be thinking about before going to your appointment, and questions to review with your healthcare provider to get the most out of the visit. Just select a condition in the box below and your prep list will appear below.

Hypertension Discussion Guide

Written by eHealth Navigator Monday, 2 April 2012 8:41AM

During your visit, be sure to ask questions and bring up any concerns you may have about your blood pressure. Talking to your doctor is an important first step toward a healthy blood pressure. If you're not sure what to ask your doctor, here is a list of some important questions.

Simply print this list and discuss it with your doctor at your next appointment.

Here are a few questions you can ask:

1. What is my current blood pressure?

2. Can I have my blood pressure reading written down for me?

3. What is my goal blood pressure?

4. If I'm not at my blood pressure goal, will adding onto or changing my blood pressure medication help?

5. Taking into account any allergies or other medications I’m taking, what are the possible side effects of my blood pressure medicine?

6. Are there other blood pressure medicines available if I am not satisfied with my current one?

7. What lifestyle changes do I need to make (e.g., reduce salt in my diet, lose weight, increase physical activity)?

8. How often should I track my blood pressure?

9. Should I use a blood pressure monitor at home?

10. When should I schedule a follow-up visit to review my blood pressure numbers again?

To help get an accurate diagnosis of your condition, you should speak directly with your doctor. These questions are not a substitute for information provided to you by a healthcare provider.