Be sure to ask your doctor about COREG®. Ask how it can help you reduce your risk of a second heart attack if you’ve had a heart attack that reduced how well your heart pumps, manage high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, and/or cope with a weakened heart if you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure. Remember, your doctor is your partner in improving your heart health.
To make the most of every doctor’s visit, be prepared. Below are some ideas on how to get the most out of each appointment.
Prepare for Your Visit
Write down all your questions, concerns, and symptoms, so you don’t forget to tell your doctor something important. You can also use our Appointment Checklist to help you. This has questions and issues you may want to raise with your doctor.
In order to make your appointment easier for you, we have put together a checklist of potential issues and questions that you should raise with your doctor.
Print them out before each visit to your doctor and check off those that are relevant for that particular appointment.
Not every question will be relevant for every visit.
Other Ways You Can Prepare
– Make a list of any past or present medical problems, as well as any medications you take, including over-the-counter medications. Bring this list with you.
– Carry along a notebook to take notes on what your doctor tells you.
– If you wish, ask a friend or family member to go with you for support.
At the Doctor’s Visit
- Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or nurse questions. It is important that you understand your condition and the goals of your treatment. They are there to help you and make sure you understand everything about your health.
- If you must have any medical or physical tests, ask how and when you will get the results. For example, your doctor may order a test, known as an electrocardiogram. Make sure your doctor will be available to explain the results to you.
- Pay close attention to the changes your doctor may ask you to make to your diet and lifestyle to improve your heart health. You may be told to eat less salt, lose weight, get more exercise, quit smoking, or drink less alcohol.
- Get advice on how to make these lifestyle changes. Ask what you should do, how often, and for how long you should do it.
- Ask your doctor, “How can I work with you to get the best results?”.
Your doctor may refer you to other health experts for more information and help with your diet. If your doctor suggests it, make sure you arrange to see these professionals. They will help you stay on track and get results.Please see Important Safety Information below.