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Got hypertension?

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?