For Heart Event Survivors

After a Heart Event: Questions for Your Doctor

Make the most of your next visit to the doctor.

There’s a lot to think about after having a heart event: recovering, making lifestyle changes, taking new medications and keeping appointments. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed—and to have a lot of questions.

Here’s a list of several questions to start with. Go ahead and bookmark or print this page so the questions are handy when you have your doctor’s visit. If possible, it’s a good idea to bring someone with you who can also listen and take notes.

  • What caused my heart problem?
  • How severe is my heart problem?
  • Do I need a caregiver in my home?
  • Do I need a cardiac rehab program to make my heart stronger?
  • What prescriptions do I need? What are the side effects?
  • What can I do to prevent having a heart problem again?
  • What symptoms warrant a 911 call?
  • When can I resume normal physical activities?
  • Is it safe to have sex?
  • Should I start an aspirin regimen?
  • Is it normal to feel depressed?
  • What can I do to manage stress?
  • Should my diet change? How?
  • How often do I need to see my doctor?
  • Are there any other specialists I need to see?

Getting answers to your questions can help you to establish your priorities, know what to expect, and regain a sense of control. Go to your appointment prepared and gain the information you need to stay healthy and happy!

"I did 12 weeks of cardiac rehab, and 19 months after my heart attack I completed my first triathlon."
Laura H., I am ProHeart Community Member