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Heart & Vascular Center

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

It is important to know how heart disease can affect you, depending on your risk factors. To ensure that you get the latest, most accurate information, take charge of your healthcare. Make a point to ask your doctor about your risk factors and the preventive measures you should take. The following questions will help you discuss your risk of heart disease with your doctor.

  • What are my specific risk factors for coronary artery disease?
  • What can I do to lower my risk of heart disease?
  • How does my age affect my risk?
  • How does smoking affect me?
  • Does my weight put me at risk?
  • What type of exercise should I be doing to control my risk?
  • How do I monitor my pulse with exercise and what pulse should I try for?
  • What should my cholesterol level be? What is the difference between good and bad cholesterol?
  • What types of foods will help me control my risk or disease?
  • How will menopause affect my heart?
Become a partner in your health care. Bring a list of your medications to each visit. Ask your doctor:

  • What is my specific diagnosis? If you do not understand, ask your doctor to explain in terms you can understand.
  • How do my medications work?
  • What side effects might I experience?
  • What kinds of tests are available to diagnose my heart disease?
  • What are my treatment options?
To make an appointment with a Washington University heart or vascular specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call .

Preventing Heart Disease

In many cases, heart disease is preventable.  Find out more from Andy Kates, MD, Washington University cardiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

 

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