10 Questions to start a heart health talk with your doctor

heart healthVisits to the doctor’s office can be an ordeal. Especially if you have concerns about your heart health or you’re already not feeling well. Then you have to wait a long time just to be seen by the doctor. At that point, you might just want to rush out and get on with the rest of your day.

But it’s important to have an open conversation about your heart health with your doctor. He or she plays a vital role in ensuring your medical conditions are managed, and in some cases, prevented.

So how can you make the most of your conversation with your doctor? Perhaps you’re worried about the state of your heart. You’ve already thought to yourself: Do I sit too long each day? Am I eating too much fat? What if I don’t exercise enough?

Here are 10 honest questions you can ask to start a conversation about heart health with your doctor.

Risk Factor Questions

  • What does my family history tell you about my chances of developing heart disease?
  • How are my age and current weight affecting my heart?

Lifestyle Questions

  • How much exercise each week is a realistic expectation to improve my heart health?
  • If I could just cut out one food or food group to help my heart health, what would you suggest?
  • If I could add in just one food or food group to help my heart health, what would you suggest?

Medication Questions

Bring your list of medications and doses to the appointment so you can ask specific questions. A personal health record like MyIHR helps you keep track of all your medial history and medications.

  • Should I take Aspirin as a preventative measure?
  • If I need to take any medications for heart disease, would they react to any that I’m currently taking?

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with heart disease, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

  • What caused my heart problem and how severe is it?
  • What can I do to prevent this from getting worse or having a heart problem again?
  • How will this affect my activities, such as having sex, working, or caring for my children or grandchildren?

If for any reason, your doctor prescribes blood thinners, talk to him/her about medical ID jewelry. “On blood thinner” is one of the most common engravings we see.

Sources: Barnes Jewish Hospital, WebMD

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