Talking to Your Doctor

Patient discussing heart condition with her doctor

When talking with your doctor, a checklist can help guide the conversation and ensure you receive all the information you need. In the moment, it can be hard to remember all of your concerns. Listing them ahead of time can help.

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Topics to Discuss with Your Doctor

Your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you and make a recommendation for the right treatment for you. It is important that you understand what goes into his or her decisions. Topics you may want to cover include your test results, the severity of your heart failure, how to protect your heart from further damage and why your doctor recommends a particular treatment.

Last Reviewed: April 25, 2011 V-00304