Why it’s a good idea to take your doctor’s advice and check your own blood pressure

There’s no doubt that getting a blood pressure test and having your doctor do it is a lifesaver for those of us who are struggling with our high blood pressure. 

But as we’ve said before, a lot of us also want to take the advice of our doctors, and that can be a little confusing. 

A good rule of thumb is that you want to make sure that you’re not overdoing it. 

And if you do, don’t go ahead with a test unless you know you can do it.

That said, there are ways to do this in a safe and effective way without getting your doctor involved. 

Here’s what you should do when your doctor tells you that it’s safe to take a blood test.


Take a test before you get sick If your doctor says that a test is not safe for you to do, that’s great news, but it’s important to take it when you’re in the early stages of illness. 

There are two reasons for this. 

Firstly, because your doctor may have given you the impression that a blood draw would be a bad idea, but there is actually a great deal of evidence to suggest that it isn’t a bad thing. 

Secondly, it’s just plain good to know that a doctor is not telling you the truth when they say that the tests you need aren’t going to help you.


Make sure your doctor knows that the test you need isn’t going, well, to the lab and that you can safely skip it This isn’t the only thing you should consider when your GP tells you they can’t test you. 

It’s a bit more complicated than that. 

If you’re concerned about getting sick and the risk of getting an infection, it may be worth checking with your doctor if the tests are safe to do. 

For example, you may be concerned that a CT scan might cause some damage, which can result in infection. 

In this case, it might be worth going to a specialist to have your doctor scan you for a possible blood clot. 

Another example would be if you’ve got a very high blood sugar level, and your GP says that it might not be safe to test you because it might cause problems with your liver. 

So it might make sense to check if there’s any risk of damage or a high blood glucose level if you decide to take an insulin test. 

What to do if you think your doctor is telling you a lieWhen you’re sick, your doctor might say something like “It’s best that you get your blood drawn as soon as possible, as the risk is extremely low, and it could lead to infection.” 

So you may want to do your best to make it clear to your doctor that the results of a blood or CT scan aren’t definitive and that they’re not going to give you a positive result. 

This might mean saying things like “I don’t know if I’m going to do it, but I will take a sample, and I will give you an idea of how it’s coming in.” 

In a situation where your doctor feels that a scan or a blood drawn is the best way to do a test, that may be helpful. 

You can also make it very clear to them that if you can’t do it on your own, you’ll take the results with a doctor who can do the test.


Ask your doctor to do the scan You’re not always going to get the results that you need, but you can always ask for the results. 

I always like to ask for a scan, and even if the results don’t confirm what I think they’re going to confirm, it can sometimes help me understand why the doctor thinks that I might be over-reacting. 

Just remember that your doctor doesn’t have to be a doctor to tell you that the scan is the most reliable way to determine whether you have an infection or not. 

The only way that a scanner is going to work is if you have a virus or an infection in your body, so you’ll need to get a test done. 

Be aware that the chances of having a positive test increase the further into the scan your infection is, so ask for advice before you do it to make certain that it doesn’t become a problem. 

As always, if you need more help, call your GP. 

Remember, if your GP doesn’t know the results you need to be sure to tell them. 

Have a good rest day.

If you’ve had an infection and the symptoms are still there, it will help to take some time off from work. 

Your GP may ask you to rest, so take some rest time too. 

After a few days of this, you should have a good sense of what the infection is and how it affects you.