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Coronary Artery Disease 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.
  • Have you been experiencing chest pain or tightness? How is your breathing?
  • What are your medications? Can you tell me what each one is for?
  • Are you taking aspirin every day?
  • How much exercise are you getting during a typical week?
  • What lifestyle changes, such as to your diet, exercise or smoking, have you made?
  • Do you ever have chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms?
  • When did you first notice these symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • Does anything seem to trigger your symptoms or make them better?
  • Have you ever had an EKG or a stress test?
  • What problems are you having with your medications, such as side effects or trouble remembering to take them?
  • What is your main concern about a coronary artery disease diagnosis?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • If you use nitroglycerin, how many doses do you usually need?
  • Do you have a family history of heart disease or heart attack?
  • What causes coronary artery disease?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have coronary artery disease?
  • How do you diagnose coronary artery disease?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • What restrictions should I follow?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • What are the main risks to my long-term health with coronary artery disease?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Am I a candidate for surgery or a catheter procedure?
  • How effective are medications in treating coronary artery disease? What are their side effects?
  • What lifestyle changes do I need to make to improve my heart health?
  • How often do I need to see you for follow-up appointments?
  • Could another medication help control my symptoms better and with fewer side effects?
  • Do my new or different symptoms mean my coronary artery disease is getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my coronary artery disease?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 5
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