High Blood Pressure (cont.)
The most important element in the management of high blood pressure is
- Routine blood pressure check-ups are important to monitor readings and
decide upon a treatment plan.
- With age and the natural progression of hardening of the arteries, systolic
blood pressure may elevate over time. A treatment that once worked well may no
longer work as well and your medication treatment may need to be changed.
- Routine physical exams and screening blood tests may be suggested to help
monitor the success of blood pressure management.
- Follow-up visits are a good time to discuss with your health care
practitioner any medication side effects you are experiencing. He or she will have
suggestions for managing side effects or may change your treatment.
- Follow-up visits are a great opportunity for monitoring for other
associated risk factors, such as high cholesterol, smoking cessation, and
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