At The Doctor's Office

Doctor It Up

Laughter may be the best medicine, but you still need to see the doctor sometimes. It's important to have regular checkups and take any medications you're prescribed. Find out how to get the most out of your appointments and build a productive partnership.

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"Never did I imagine I would have a heart attack at such an early age."
"I was injured overseas during the war in 2005. In November of 2006 I underwent major back surgery - and then in February of 2007, 6 weeks after surgery, I was home and not feeling well. If felt like I was getting the flu on a Friday night. Then all day Saturday I felt awful. It felt like my chest was very heavy. Then the jaw pain came and being a medic and surgical tech for over 20 years, working on the cardiovascular team, I knew what was happening. I took aspirin and then the pain went down my left arm. My husband called the EMS and I was transported to the hospital where I used to work. I ended up getting two stents in my right coronary artery. Never did I imagine I would have a heart attack at such an early age."
Doc Talk
When talking to your doctor, speak up, be open, and keep it simple.
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Get tips and tools to help you emerge even stronger than before.
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Make the most of your next visit to the doctor.
Have a productive dialogue at your next appointment.
Should you be on an aspirin regimen?
Your prescription for a healthier heart and a better quality of life overall.
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Don't go it alone. There are lots of people who can-and want to-help.
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