How should a patient being treated for high blood pressure (hypertension) follow up with the healthcare provider?

  • After starting antihypertensive drug therapy, the patient should see his or her doctor at least once a month until the blood pressure goal is reached.
  • The doctor should check the patient’s serum potassium (diuretics can lower this) and creatinine (to check the health of the kidneys) once or twice a year.
  • After the blood pressure goal is reached, the patient should see the doctor every three to six months, depending on whether he or she has any diseases such as heart failure.

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