Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Many underestimate their risk for heart disease. And so
they fail to discuss risks and symptoms with their healthcare providers. It's
very important to talk with your doctor about your risk and find out what you
can do to prevent it.
Bring this list of questions with you to your next visit. It's a great way to
start a dialogue that could end up saving your life.
- What is my risk for heart disease? What can I do to
lower my risk?
- What is my blood pressure? Is that too high? What can
I do to lower it?
- What is my cholesterol level? What does this number
mean? How can I improve it?
- What is my body mass index? Do I need to lose weight
to improve my health?
- Women - What do I need to know about the effect of
menopause on my risk for heart disease?
- What are the warning signs for heart disease?
- How can I tell if I'm having a heart attack?
- How much and what kind of exercise do I need to get
in order to lower my risk?
- How can I improve my diet? Should I see a
- How can you help me quit smoking?