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!