4 Questions of the Heart for Your Doctor
How many times have you left the doctor’s office and wished you could run back in with a question?
At your next checkup, be prepared. Write down these questions about your heart health — and any others you may have.
1. What is my risk for heart disease?
Your habits and your personal and family health history can provide important clues to your doctor. Talk with your doctor about your age, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking history and exercise habits. Ask what you can do to help lower your risk.
2. Do I have high blood pressure — and how can I control it?
High blood pressure can damage your arteries, heart and other organs. But it often has no symptoms. Ask your doctor where you stand.
3. What is my cholesterol level — and how can I keep it in a healthy range?
High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL, or low-density lipoprotein) can build up in the inner walls of your arteries — and may increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Diet, exercise and medicine can all play a role in reducing your cholesterol if needed.
Your doctor can explain your other cholesterol numbers too. That includes your total cholesterol, good cholesterol (HDL, or high-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides.
4. How does my blood sugar level affect my heart health?
High blood sugar levels may be a sign of diabetes. That can increase the risk of heart disease. Ask your doctor if you should be tested.
What to do next
Browse other useful questions to ask your doctor about keeping your heart healthy — and much more. Go to uhc.com/checklists.
The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice. Talk to an appropriate health care professional to determine what may be right for you.
Last reviewed June 2017