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Talking to Your Doctor About Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

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by Badash M
 

General Tips for Gathering Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
  • Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
  • Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
  • Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.

Specific Questions to Ask Your doctor

About CAD
  • Do I have CAD?
  • How much blockage do I have in my arteries?
About Your Risk of Developing CAD
  • Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for CAD?
  • How can I prevent CAD?
About Treatment Options
  • What are all my treatment options?
  • Do I have to take medications or will I need surgery?
  • If I have surgery, will I be cured?
About Medication
  • What kind of medication do I have to take?
  • What is the medication supposed to do?
  • Will I always have to take medication?
  • What are the possible side effects? What should be done if they occur?
  • Where can I get more information about the medication?
  • If the side effects are bad, can I take something else that works as well?
About Lifestyle Changes
  • Are there certain activities or sports that I should avoid? Is it safe to have sex?
  • How can I find help to quit smoking?
  • Can you refer me to a registered dietitian to help me with my diet?
  • What exercises are best and how much do I need?
  • Should I need to stop drinking alcohol?
  • If I change my lifestyle habits, will I still need to take medication?
About Outlook
  • What will happen over the next few weeks, months, and years?
  • Will my condition get worse?
  • What are the most important things I can do to manage this condition?
 

References


Heart-to-heart. Talking to your doctor. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/ConsumerHealthCare/Heart-to-heart-Talking-to-Your-Doctor%5FUCM%5F323844%5FArticle.jsp. Updated June 20, 2013. Accessed January 29, 2014.


Preparing for medical visits. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/CardiacRehab/Preparing-for-Medical-Visits%5FUCM%5F307053%5FArticle.jsp. Updated March 22, 2013. Accessed January 29, 2014.


Talking to your doctor. National Institutes of Health website. Available at: http://nih.gov/clearcommunication/talktoyourdoctor.htm. Accessed January 29, 2014.


Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/healthcare-management/working-with-your-doctor/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor.html. Updated November 2010. Accessed January 29, 2014.

 

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