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Low Blood Pressure – Preparing for Your Appointment

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You can list down all medications (including any steroids, herbs, supplements, prescription and over-the-counter medicines) you are taking and bring that list along when you come in to have your blood pressure examined. Unless your physician says otherwise, continue taking your prescription and over-the-counter medications whether or not they affect your blood pressure.

Oftentimes, doctor’s appointments are not long enough for you to know more about your condition; hence, it’s a good idea to prepare well in order to make the most out of your appointment. Listed below are some helpful advices that will enable you to prepare well for your appointment and what you can expect from your doctor.

  • List down all questions related to your condition to ask your doctor.
  • Know any restrictions or to-do activities to follow prior to your appointment. These may be diet restrictions or performing light exercises among others.
  • You need to know about your exercise and diet habits as they will be talked about between you and your doctor. If you don’t have any exercise or diet habits, then tell your doctor about the things that may be hindering you from doing them.
  • List down all the symptoms you have experienced from your hypotension as well as symptoms that may be totally unrelated to it.
  • Bring along someone who knows you very well during your appointment. He or she may be a wife, close friend or family member. This person may help you remember important things about your condition that you have forgotten to divulge to your doctor and help you remember things the doctor said that you may have forgotten.
  • Also make a list of all medications (like steroids, herbs, supplements, prescription and over-the-counter medicines) that you’re presently using.
  • List down important information about yourself like the stressors in your life, major life changes you have experienced and if you have a family or personal history of hypotension.

In order to optimize your appointment, come prepared with a list of questions to ask your doctor. Here are some suggested questions to ask your physician:

  • What do you think is the real cause of my condition/symptoms?
  • Are there other possible causes for my condition/symptoms?
  • Will I need to undergo tests? If so, what are they?
  • What do you think is the best treatment for my condition/symptoms?
  • Do I need to avoid or eat certain foods?
  • Are there physical activities I should do or avoid?
  • Do I need to be tested for my blood pressure frequently?
  • How can I properly handle my low blood pressure along with my other conditions?
  • Do I need to consult with a specialist?
  • Can you prescribe generic medications to the medicines you’re prescribing me?
  • Can I bring home materials or brochures in your office regarding my conditions? Do you know of any websites that provide good information about my condition?

If you any questions in mind outside the scope of the aforementioned list of suggested questions, you need to ask them to your doctor. Also if you do not understand some points in your conversation with your doctor, tell your doctor about it. It is his responsibility to explain those points to you in a way that will make you fully understand what it is he’s saying.

What to expect from your doctor

The doctor may also need to ask you some important questions that you need to answer as correctly and honestly as possible. These questions may include:

  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms occurring from time to time or have they been continuous?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Is there anything that makes your symptoms better?
  • Is there anything that makes your symptoms worse?
  • Were you diagnosed with other health problems?
  • What medicines are you presently using?
  • What kind of foods do you eat most of the time?
  • Do you exercise? If so how frequently do you exercise?
  • Do you have a family history of heart conditions?

Christina Prieto, AP
1617 Hillcrest St
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-234-6454

Written by Valerie

October 18th, 2013 at 2:48 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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