Talking to Your Doctor About Heart Failure
by Michelle Badash, MS
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with heart failure. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
The following are some suggested questions to discuss with your doctor, recommended by the American Heart Association:
About Heart Failure
About Your Risk of Developing Heart Failure
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
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