Many people believe that if there is something they need to know about their heart health, then their cardiologist will bring it up during their next appointment. After all, the doctor knows best, right?
However, your cardiologist may not think to provide certain information simply because they are so focused on treating the problem at hand, leaving you with a myriad of questions in the “how”, “what”, and “why” categories. Simply responding to questions doesn’t always provide you with the information you need, so start asking questions of your own.
Need some help getting started on your list? Here are some key questions you should ask your cardiologist at your next appointment.
Every heart is different. Some minor complaints, like heart palpitations, may be completely normal in one person and troubling in another, but knowing what is normal for your heart can help put your mind at ease.
Genetics and heart disease are often linked, so it’s important for you to discuss your family history with your cardiologist. If you have a first-degree relative (mom, dad, brother, or sister) who was diagnosed with heart disease, then you are 2-3x more likely to develop the condition yourself. Ask your cardiologist for an overall risk assessment and whether there are any steps you can take to decrease your risk.
There are a wide variety of risk factors for heart disease, but not all of them are readily apparent. Obesity, smoking, and your age may seem obvious, but you may not have thought about how stress, diet, and family history affect your heart health. It definitely helps to have a realistic understanding of which factors pertain to you, and if there is anything you can do about it.
Heart attacks happen fast and knowing the signs to watch out for ahead of time could be the difference between survival and death. Not all heart attacks come with crushing chest pain, so go over all of the possibilities with your cardiologist and have a plan of action in place. It could save your life!
A healthy lifestyle is the best way to take care of your heart. If you are honest with your cardiologist about your current lifestyle, they may have some great ideas for simple changes that could prove beneficial for your entire cardiovascular system.
Whether you want to enquire about treatment options for your specific heart condition or simply find out when to schedule your next appointment, discussing your health plan with your cardiologist gives you an opportunity to ask any other questions that come to mind.
Doctors’ offices can be intimidating, so don’t assume that you will remember everything you want to ask during your appointment. The experts at Cardiac Solutions recommend that you prepare your list of questions ahead of time to ensure that you have the information you need to maximize your heart health.
To find out more information, contact our professional team today!