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High Cholesterol Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How often do you forget or miss a dose of your cholesterol medicine?
  • When was your last liver function test?
  • Have you had any muscle or joint pain?
  • What changes have you made to your diet?
  • How often are you exercising? Have you recently lost weight?
  • Have you experienced chest pain or any other symptoms of heart problems?
  • Does anyone in your family have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, death due to heart disease, or stroke?
  • Describe your diet. How often do you eat red meat? How often do you eat whole grains or fresh fruits and vegetables?
  • What other medical conditions do you have, such as diabetes?
  • How often are you exercising? Have you recently lost weight?
  • Do you smoke? How much? When did you start smoking?
  • When was your last fasting cholesterol test?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your cholesterol medicine?
  • What treatments have you tried so far to lower your cholesterol?
  • How do you diagnose high cholesterol?
  • What are the optimal cholesterol levels for me?
  • Do I have risk factors for high cholesterol?
  • How do you treat high cholesterol?
  • What are the possible complications of high cholesterol?
  • Do I need to take medicines for my high cholesterol or can I manage it with other strategies?
  • What changes do I need to make to my diet?
  • How much exercise should I be getting? What kinds of physical activity is best for me?
  • What is the best medication for my type of high cholesterol? What are the side effects?
  • How often do I need to repeat a cholesterol test? Do I need other types of testing?
  • Do I have other risk factors for heart disease or stroke?
  • Could another cholesterol medicine treat my high cholesterol better or with fewer side effects?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my high cholesterol?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 20
  1. High Cholesterol. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  2. High Cholesterol. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

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