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.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
The following are some suggested questions to discuss with your doctor, recommended by the American Heart Association:
Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114099/Heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction. Updated August 16, 2016. Accessed October 3, 2016.
Heart failure questions to ask your doctor.
American Heart Association website. Available at:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/HeartFailureToolsResources/Heart-Failure-Questions-to-Ask-Your-Doctor_UCM_306372_Article.jsp. Updated April 2, 2013. Accessed October 9, 2013
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 October 9, 2013.
Last reviewed September 2016 by Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
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