Talking About Your Diagnosis

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Learning that you have a heart failure diagnosis can be scary. You may experience different emotions on different days. It’s good to talk with friends and family about how you’re feeling. This will make it easier for them to help you.

 

In addition to your doctor, look to your friends and family to help you research and understand heart failure. They can help you develop a list of questions to guide discussions with your doctor. Remember to bring someone with you to your appointments. This way, you will have help gathering information, taking notes and asking questions. After the appointment, take time to talk about what you both heard and capture any additional questions.

Last Reviewed: April 25, 2011 V-00304