When blood pressure is continuously elevated, it’s called hypertension—and it’s a major risk factor for stroke. But you can lower your risk by lowering your blood pressure. If you have hypertension, ask your doctor these questions:
- Is exercise safe for me? Are there exercises or activities I should avoid?
- What’s the name of my blood pressure medication and how does it work?
- Do I need to take my heart rate and blood pressure before I take my medication?
- Can my pharmacist substitute a brand name with a generic form of my drug?
- What side effects might I expect from this medicine?