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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Having a good dialog with your doctor is the most important part of your overall doctor's visit. In the process, you are creating a healthy patient-doctor relationship. Becoming comfortable with your physician gives you the security and trust that you need as a patient.  

By taking the initiative to ask questions and to communicate your fears or concerns gives you the confidence that you are making the right choices in whatever your doctor advises you to do. Your good health is the ultimate goal you and your doctor is striving for. Questions to ask your doctor should include...

Helping your doctor help you:

 
  1. What is my risk for heart disease?What is my blood pressure?
    • What does it mean for me, and what do I need to do about it?
    What are my cholesterol numbers?
    • What do they mean for me, and what do I need to do about them?
    What are my 'body mass index' and waist measurement?Do I need to loose weight?What should my target weight be?What is my blood sugar level?What other screening tests for heart disease do I need?How often should I have heart health checkups?How much physical activity do I need to protect my heart?What is a heart-healthy eating plan for me?
    • Should I see a registered dietitian to learn more about healthy eating?
  2. How can I tell if I'm having a heart attack?

Tests that Can Help Protect Your Heart

 
  1. Lipoprotein Profile
    • Lipoprotein profile is a blood test that measures total cholesterol and tryglycerides.Test is performed after a 9 to 12 hour fast.
    • Should have this test once every 5 years.
    Blood PressureFasting Plasma Glucose
    • Fasting plasma glucose is a test used to diagnose diabetes.
    • If you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing heart disease.
    Body Mass Index
    • Body mass index is a measure of your weight in relation to your height.
    • A BMI of 25 or greater increases your risk of heart disease.
  2. Waist Circumference
    • Women with a waist measurement of more than 35 inches has increased risk of developing heart disease.

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