40 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Heart Condition
Posted on Dec 11, 2016 2017-07-07T14:43:28+00:00 0 Heart Health Emergency Medical Care
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Whether you’ve recently suffered a heart attack, have been diagnosed with a heart condition such as congestive heart failure, or you have a family history of heart disease and are simply concerned about avoiding future problems, you should adequately prepare for your doctor or cardiology appointment to ensure you come away with the right answers, tests and plan in place for your particular cardiovascular situation. Answers will help you better educate yourself on your condition, and better understand what you can do to improve your quality of life. We’ve compiled some important questions that should be on your list to ask the heart specialist:
  1. What is my exact cardiovascular diagnosis?
  2. What is the prognosis for my condition and what kinds of things can better the outlook?
  3. Is my condition considered mild, serious or life-threatening?
  4. Does my family history put me in a higher risk category, and if so, should I be more closely monitored because of this?
  5. Was my condition caused by lifestyle factors or genetics?
  6. Will I need surgery?
  7. Will my heart problems be better because of surgery, or will I need multiple surgeries?
  8. What tests should be done from here?
  9. Do I have to fast before any upcoming tests?
  10. How frequently should I check my blood pressure at home or have cholesterol tested?
  11. Do I need an annual checkup with my cardiologist or an annual stress test?
  12. What activity level can my heart handle?
  13. Are there any specific exercises I should avoid, such as heavy lifting?
  14. Will my heart condition affect my sex life?
  15. What symptoms should I watch out for while doing activity?
  16. How long should I strive to exercise daily with my condition?
  17. Is there a target weight I should aim for? Am I within the ideal range?
  18. Do I need to follow a low sodium diet?
  19. Are there any particular foods I should be avoiding?
  20. How much alcohol can I safely drink?
  21. Are there certain foods (such as those containing omega-3 fatty acids) you suggest I introduce into my diet?
  22. Are there any dietary supplements which may be dangerous for my condition that I should avoid?
  23. Are there any dietary supplements I should start taking to better my condition?
  24. How often, at what times and what dosage should I take my heart medication?
  25. Is it dangerous to miss a dose? What will happen if I do?
  26. How will this medication interact with my other medications (such as birth control)?
  27. Are there any common side effects of this medication I should watch out for?
  28. Should I take daily baby aspirin as well or will the benefits not outweigh the risks for me?
  29. Do I have high blood pressure? What is the target range I should be looking to fall under?
  30. I have diabetes (or another chronic condition), how will my heart problem impact my other disease(s)? Do I have to take special precautions?
  31. Is my heartrate stable and regular or do I have an arrhythmia?
  32. Am I at higher risk for developing other diseases because of my heart disease?
  33. How can I lower my risk?
  34. Am I at risk for future heart attacks? How can I better my odds?
  35. Am I at higher risk for a stroke because of my cardiovascular condition? How can I prevent this?
  36. Should I see another type of heart specialist in the future such as a vascular surgeon?
  37. Should I see a dietitian to help me formulate a personalized heart-healthy diet plan?
  38. Will my heart disease affect my job or vice versa?
  39. Should I ease back on work?
  40. Should I seek emotional support such as a support group for my condition?
  41. What mental health resources are available to help me cope?
  42. What modifiable risk factors do you suggest I work on to better my prognosis?
If you think of other questions to ask your doctor, jot them down along with these to ensure you are getting all the information you need. The right information could mean a healthier future. Thanks for visiting EMC!