It’s not always about just listening to your doctor; it’s up to you as the patient to ask the right questions. Whether you’re in need of a checkup to see how healthy your heart is or you’ve recently been diagnosed with a heart problem, you’ll want to ask questions. It’s important to plan your questions ahead. When you get to the doctor’s office, you may not remember to ask everything you want. Bring a notepad and write all your questions down first. You’ll also find it helpful to write down the doctor’s answers so you can refer back to them later.
To help get you started, here are 8 questions to ask your doctor about your heart health. It’s February, Heart Health Month, and time to take charge of your health now.
- What caused my heart problem or what can cause heart disease? Does my weight, age or gender affect my risk?
- What treatments are available and are there any side effects? Is there anything that can naturally help my heart problem?
- How can I prevent heart disease or lower my risk?
- What foods should I be eating and avoiding?
- Is there anything about my lifestyle that affects my risks? Is there anything I should change about my lifestyle in order to lower my risks?
- How does family history come into play?
- What can I do to feel less stress? What sort of workout routine would help me the most?
- How often should I get checkups on my heart health?