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Talking to Your Doctor About Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your doctor
- Do I have CAD?
- How much blockage do I have in my arteries?
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for CAD?
- How can I prevent CAD?
- What are all my treatment options?
- Do I have to take medications or will I need surgery?
- If I have surgery, will I be cured?
- What kind of medication do I have to take?
- What is the medication supposed to do?
- Will I always have to take medication?
- What are the possible side effects? What should be done if they occur?
- Where can I get more information about the medication?
- If the side effects are bad, can I take something else that works as well?
- Are there certain activities or sports that I should avoid? Is it safe to have sex?
- How can I find help to quit smoking?
- Can you refer me to a registered dietitian to help me with my diet?
- What exercises are best and how much do I need?
- Should I need to stop drinking alcohol?
- If I change my lifestyle habits, will I still need to take medication?
- What will happen over the next few weeks, months, and years?
- Will my condition get worse?
- What are the most important things I can do to manage this condition?
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 03/15/2015