Straight Talk With Your Doc (Heart Health)
When it comes to discussing your health, be open. When your doctor asks you questions, answer as honestly and fully as you can. While certain topics may seem quite personal, discussing them openly can help your doctor find out your chances of developing heart disease. It can also help your doctor work with you to reduce your risk. If you already have heart disease, briefly describe each of your symptoms. Include when each symptom started, how often it happens, and whether it has been getting worse.
Also, ask your health care providers to keep it simple. If you don’t understand something your doctor says, ask for an explanation in simple language. Be especially sure you understand how to take any medications your doctor prescribes. If you are worried about understanding what the doctor says, or if you have trouble hearing, bring a friend or relative with you to your appointment. You may want to ask that person to write down the doctor’s instructions for you.