Prepare for Your Physician Visit
When you visit your physician, there are several pieces of information that will help make your appointment more effective and there are questions you'll want to ask.
Information to bring with you
1. You should be prepared to report your history, including:
- What symptoms you are having
- Which activities provoke your symptoms
- How long symptoms have been occurring and whether they are worsening or becoming more frequent
- The approximate number of times you have had symptoms over the last several months
- The amount of time between symptoms
- What medication you are taking
2. Inform your doctor of other specialists whom you have seen for your symptoms.
Questions to ask your doctor
Make the most of the time spent with the doctor and be prepared. Write down a list of questions to ask your doctor and write down the answers. Having a special notebook for doctor visits can help you organise information.
- What is my diagnosis?
- What does it mean?
- What causes my symptoms?
- Can they be treated?
- What tests should be done? Why?
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks, benefits, or side effects of these different options?
- What can I do to prevent further damage to my heart?
- Should I be referred to a cardiologist to discuss my condition?
- Are there any specialist treatments available for my condition? How do I get access to them?
Remember, although you may find important information in your search for answers about your condition, there is no substitute for professional medical advice for treatment of specific medical conditions.
Please consult with your health care provider to discuss any questions or concerns you may have; only qualified medical professionals can diagnose or treat your health condition.
Information on this Web site should not be a substitute for consulting with your physician.