At Your Appointment

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.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • 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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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 5
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