8 questions to ask your cardiologist
How to get the most out of your appointment
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., but it is often preventable and treatable. Your cardiologist may be your most important provider.
Whether you see a cardiologist regularly, or you’re just starting to, it’s important to make the most of each appointment.
Coming prepared by writing down questions before your visit can lead to a more productive appointment.
Here are a few questions you may want to consider.
1. Am I at risk of heart problems in the future?
Your cardiologist will evaluate your current health and understand your risk for future heart disease, stroke, and other concerns. Knowing your risk will help you make lifestyle changes to improve your heart health.
2. What tests are you ordering?
Knowing why your cardiologist is ordering a test allows you to ask more questions and better prepare for each test and your next appointment.
3. What should my blood pressure be?
Knowing your ideal blood pressure will help you monitor any changes if you take your own blood pressure at home.
4. Are there any activities I should avoid?
Exercise is good for your overall health, but if you have heart disease your cardiologist may want you to avoid certain activities.
5. How does my family history affect me?
Heart disease risk factors are closely linked to your family history. Knowing if anyone in your family has had heart disease will help your cardiologist better diagnose and manage your care.
6. How does my cholesterol affect my heart?
Cholesterol is associated with increased risk of heart disease. Talk to your cardiologist about what your ideal cholesterol levels should be.
7. What treatment options are available?
Knowing what treatment options are available for you will give you an idea of what medication, procedures, or lifestyle changes you may need in the future.
8. What symptoms indicate my condition is worsening?
Symptoms of heart disease vary across different conditions and people. It’s important your provider goes over all warning signs specific to you.