Talking to your doctor

Seeing a Doctor? Be prepared!

Whether it is your initial consultation, a follow-up appointment or a regular health-check, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are prepared in advance to make the most of your time with your doctor.

Top tip: making notes about issues you want to discuss with your doctor and preparing questions to ask can be very effective in making sure the visit is as beneficial as possible.

If you are visiting a doctor because of concerns about your vascular health, here are some example questions that you may find useful:

  • Am I at risk of developing a vascular disease?
  • What can I do to reduce my risk of vascular disease?
  • My family has a history of heart disease which, I understand, makes me genetically inclined to develop a similar condition. Am I likely to still develop such a condition?
  • Is breathlessness and chest pain in middle-age likely to be a sign of ageing, or something more serious?
  • Could you give me advice as to how to lose weight?
  • Is there anything I can do to reduce my blood pressure to help prevent vascular disease?
  • How can I reduce my cholesterol to help prevent vascular disease?
  • What resources and support are available to help me stop smoking?
  • I often feel short of breath. Could this be a sign that I have CAD?
  • I have heart disease and am experiencing cramping in my limbs. Are these likely to be linked?

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