How can I tell my healthcare provider about my hypertension?

Tell your healthcare provider about your hypertension by telling him if you have any signs or symptoms such as blurred vision. Tell him if you have other diseases or medical conditions. Your healthcare provider needs to know if you have a family history of heart disease, kidney disease or diabetes. Tell him about all the medicines that you use, including herbs, supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Your healthcare provider needs to know if you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or use street drugs. Tell your healthcare provider about your diet, work conditions, activities and about things that cause stress in your life.

Your healthcare provider may ask you to check your blood pressure between appointments. Tell your healthcare provider how high your BP readings are and how long you have been getting those readings. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about how to take your blood pressure.


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