5. Be a team player
When it comes to controlling your blood pressure, a team of supportive healthcare professionals can often be more effective than a lone doctor. “In our practice, we have a pharmacist who talks with patients about proper blood pressure measurements, we have dietitians who talk about heart-healthy diets, and we have a behavioural consultant who talks about stress management,” says Dr. Ward. But making that initial doctor’s appointment has to come from you.