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What Preparation do I do for an appointment for suspected High Blood Pressure?

If you think you may have high blood pressure, make an appointment with your family doctor, health care provider or local pharmacy, or RediCare clinic to have your blood pressure checked.

No special preparations are necessary to have your blood pressure checked. You might want to wear a short-sleeve shirt to your appointment so that the blood pressure cuff can fit around your arm properly. You might want to avoid caffeinated food and drinks right before your test. You should also use the toilet before having your blood pressure measured.

Because some medications, such as over-the-counter cold medicines, pain medications, antidepressants, birth control pills and others, can raise your blood pressure, it might be a good idea to bring a list of medications and supplements you take to your doctor’s appointment. Don’t stop taking any prescription medications that you think may affect your blood pressure without your doctor’s advice.

If your blood pressure is elevated, your health care provider or Doctor may ask you to come back for a further reading and may do a 24 hour blood pressure monitoring service.