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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with heart failure?

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Is the appointment with a primary care doctor, or a specialist such as a cardiologist?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for Heart Failure? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Heart Failure

Top 10 Questions about Heart Failure

  1. What are the symptoms of heart failure?
  2. What is heart failure and what causes it?
  3. How does heart failure progress and what can I expect in the coming years?
  4. What are the warning signs that I need to contact you or seek medical care right away?
  5. What are my treatment options for heart failure?
  6. When is a cardiac rehabilitation program useful in heart failure?
  7. What lifestyle changes do I need to make to reduce the risk of complications?
  8. What medications treat heart failure and how long do they take to start working?
  9. How will we know if my medicine is working?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for heart failure?
  1. What are the symptoms of heart failure?
  2. Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  3. What tests will I need to see if my symptoms are due to heart failure?
  4. Will I need to see a cardiologist for a diagnosis?
  5. What is heart failure and what causes it?
  6. How severe is my heart failure?
  7. How does heart failure progress and what can I expect in the coming years?
  8. How will heart failure affect my daily life and activities?
  9. What kinds of exercises are safe for me?
  10. What health checks do I need to do at home?
  11. What are the warning signs that I need to contact you or seek medical care right away?
  12. What is the best way to contact you if my heart failure symptoms seem to get worse?
  13. What are my treatment options for heart failure?
  14. When is a cardiac rehabilitation program useful in heart failure?
  15. What lifestyle changes do I need to make to reduce the risk of complications?
  16. What are the best strategies for staying motivated and not slipping back into old habits?
  17. When would you recommend surgery for heart failure?
  18. When would a heart transplant be necessary?
  19. What medications treat heart failure and how long do they take to start working?
  20. How will we know if my medicine is working?
  21. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  22. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for heart failure?
  23. What over-the-counter medicines are safe for me to take?

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Top 10 Questions about Heart Failure

  1. What are the symptoms of heart failure?
  2. What is heart failure and what causes it?
  3. How does heart failure progress and what can I expect in the coming years?
  4. What are the warning signs that I need to contact you or seek medical care right away?
  5. What are my treatment options for heart failure?
  6. When is a cardiac rehabilitation program useful in heart failure?
  7. What lifestyle changes do I need to make to reduce the risk of complications?
  8. What medications treat heart failure and how long do they take to start working?
  9. How will we know if my medicine is working?
  10. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication for heart failure?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: Nov 18, 2015 Copyright: © Copyright 2015 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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