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Heart-Healthy Questions You Should be Asking at the Doctor's

family healthOne key element to good family health is open communication with your doctor. Asking the right questions can keep you and your family informed and safe from harm. Use the following guide to help generate questions you might want to ask your doctor about cardiovascular health.

General Questions About Heart Health

Though a cardiologist is a specialist and can provide you with extensive and specific information, your family health clinic is a great place to start managing your family’s basic heart health. By being open and communicating directly with your personal doctor, you can lower overall heart risk and notice warning signs early. Next time you visit your family clinic, consider asking any of these questions to get a heart care conversation started.

  • How should my family and I be eating to protect our heart health?

  • Based on our family history, are there any heart-related risks we should talk about?

  • Are there any heart-health warning signs we can look for?

  • What are good heart-health practices for the different age groups in my family?

Heart Health Questions for Women

Women often have specific risks and concerns when it comes to maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. For example, women sometimes experience different symptoms than men during a heart attack and are less likely to call for emergency help. Consider asking your doctor the following sex-specific questions:

  • Could my birth control put me at risk for a heart attack?

  • Is my history of pregnancy or menopause putting my heart health at risk?

  • What heart attack warning signs besides pain should I look out for?
  • Are any of my gender-specific conditions putting me at greater risk for heart disease?

Heart Health Questions for Young Athletes

Even though we tend to think of teens and young adults who are athletic as the prime examples of cardiovascular health, too much strain on their bodies or a genetic family history of heart complications can put active youths at serious risk. One common complication for athletes is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). By asking the right questions, sports enthusiasts of all ages can stay safe. Consider asking:

  • What heart warning signs should I watch out for when I’m exercising?

  • What habits can I implement in my sport to protect my cardiovascular health?

Heart Health Questions After a Diagnosis

Unfortunately, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and heart-related diagnoses are far too common. Receiving news that something is not right with your heart can be frightening and confusing. Asking your own questions can help both you and your doctor understand the situation and come up with the best course of action for improvement.

  • What is my diagnosis, and is it mild, moderate, or severe?
  • What are the three most important steps my family and I can take moving forward?

  • What are good resources I can use to find out more information about the condition?

  • How can I quit smoking/improve my diet/ start exercising to help combat my condition?

Diligent preparation for doctor’s appointments combined with a positive attitude and an open mind can get your heart-health questions answered. Use this guide to keep your family healthy and your ticker ticking!

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