Talking to Your Doctor

Have a productive dialogue at your next appointment.

Even if your lifestyle’s relatively healthy, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about your heart health and reducing your risk for a heart event. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that heart attack prevention begin around age 20. This means assessing your risk factors and working to keep them low.

Here are 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. And to get a better idea of your heart event risk right now, use the ProHeart risk assessment tool.

If you’ve already had a heart event, read After a Heart Event: Questions for Your Doctor instead.

  • What is my risk for heart disease and stroke?
  • What are the warning signs or symptoms I should watch out for?
  • What can I do to lower my risk of heart disease and stroke?
  • What is my blood pressure? Is it at a healthy level?
  • What is my blood cholesterol? Is it at a healthy level?
  • What is my blood sugar? Is it at a healthy level?
  • Should I lose or gain weight for my overall health?
  • Am I getting enough exercise?
  • What is a heart healthy eating plan for me?
  • Is aspirin therapy right for me?
  • Are there any supplements I should take for my hearth health?
  • What screening or diagnostic tests for heart disease do I need?
  • For smokers: What can I do to help me quit smoking?
  • For women: What are the effects of menopause on my health?
"I was unaware that the initial symptoms I was experiencing were a heart attack."
Betsy A., I am ProHeart Community Member