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High blood pressure Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: High blood pressure. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Previous history of elevated blood pressure?

    Why: Date of initial diagnosis and levels of elevated blood pressure.

  2. Previous treatment for the elevated blood pressure?

    Why: what medications have you used in the past, what have been the result and any side effects from them.

  3. Past medical history?

    Why: heart attacks , strokes, peripheral vascular disease, kidney disease, diabetes mellitus or recent weight gain.

  4. Other cardiovascular risk factors?

    Why: e.g. obesity, elevated cholesterol, impaired glucose tolerance, smoking, salt intake, alcohol consumption, exercise levels, chronic consumption of large amounts of pain killers especially those containing phenacetin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

  5. Are you pregnant?

    Why: elevated blood pressure affects between 3-8 % of all pregnant women, especially in the second half of the first pregnancy.

  6. Family history?

    Why: of high blood pressure , heart attacks, strokes , elevated cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, renal disease, alcohol abuse and premature sudden death.

  7. Medications

    Why: prescribed and over the counter? - some medications can raise blood pressure or interfere with blood pressure medications e.g. oral contraceptive pill, hormone replacement therapy, steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, nasal decongestants and other cold remedies, appetite suppressants, amphetamines, analgesics, ergotamine, cyclosporine.

  8. Dietary history?

    Why: high salt intake and licorice can increase blood pressure . Caffeine intake? - Caffeine elevates blood pressure and is dose related.

  9. Alcohol history?

    Why: alcohol elevates blood pressure and is dose related.

  10. Symptoms that may indicate the effects of high blood pressure on target organ damage

    Why: e.g. headache, shortness of breath and ankle swelling due to congestive cardiac failure, chest pain due to coronary artery disease, leg claudication due to peripheral vascular disease and blood in the urine due to renal damage.

  11. Symptoms suggesting secondary causes of high blood pressure

    Why: e.g. leg claudication with coarctation of aorta; blood in urine with glomerulonephritis or polycystic kidneys; progressive weakness and need to urinate at night with Conn's syndrome; paroxysmal episodes of headache, pallor, sweating and heart palpitations with phaeochromocytoma; loud snoring, morning headache and daytime sleepiness with obstructive sleep apnea.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: High blood pressure:

The following list of conditions have 'High blood pressure' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: High blood pressure:

The following list of medical conditions have 'High blood pressure' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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