Questions of the Heart

Remember to ask these vital questions about matters of the heart at your next doctor appointment.

How many times have you left the doctor's office and wished you could run back in with a question? At your next checkup, be prepared. Write down these key questions about heart health or keep them on the tip of your tongue.

 

What is my risk for heart disease?

Your habits and your personal and family health history can provide important clues to your doctor. In addition, talk to your doctor about your age, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking habits, and physical activity. Ask what you can do to lower your risk.

Do I have high blood pressure, and how can I control it?

High blood pressure, which often has no symptoms, can damage your arteries, heart, and other organs.

What is my cholesterol level, and how can I keep it in normal range?

High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL, or low-density lipoprotein) can build up in the inner walls of arteries and can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Diet, exercise and medications can all play a role in reducing your cholesterol.

How does my blood sugar level influence my risk?

High blood sugar levels may indicate diabetes, which may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.