7 Important Questions about your Heart
- Posted on: Jan 15 2017
In order to live life to the fullest, you need a healthy heart. If you find yourself in our office, or in front of any cardiac specialist, you may have so many questions that you have difficulty forming them into complete thoughts in your head. The idea that you may have a heart condition can be frightening. We understand. Here are 7 questions you will want to ask for a better understanding of your heart health.
- What could be causing my symptoms? Matters of the heart can be complicated, both literally and metaphorically! Whatever your symptoms are, from concerning pain to occasional flutters, they are important to discuss. The more you tell us about your symptoms, the better we can direct diagnostic testing.
- Where can I learn more about my diagnosis? We may have literature or informational references that will enable you to better understand your diagnosis. And, of course, we are happy to answer questions you may have after you leave the office. Just give us a call!
- What treatment options do I have? Don’t assume that every heart issue requires surgical correction. We may have medications or other therapies that can help you improve your condition.
- What medications can be taken? This is a deeper question than you may think. If you are prescribed heart medication, you will want to know what other medications you can take and still avoid an adverse interaction. Be sure to let us know all medications you are taking, even supplements, prior to starting a course of heart medication.
- Are there lifestyle changes I should make? One change that all heart patients can benefit from is avoiding tobacco. If you smoke, stop. Period. We discuss other changes, such as appropriate forms of exercise, based on your unique needs.
- Do I need a special diet? The heart is fed by what we eat. Heart healthy foods include those that support clean blood and good circulation, such as fresh vegetables that send antioxidants through the body to cleanse the blood.
- How can my heart attack risk be decreased? We would love to help each of our patients avoid a cardiac event. Doing so doesn’t require much. We recommend stress management, daily exercise, and making dietary changes as needed based on your needs.
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