Treatment Conversation Checklist
Print the list below and take it to your doctor's appointment to help guide your conversation:
- Test results: Talk through the results of your electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram (ECHO), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), x-ray and/or cardiac catheterization.
- Severity of your heart valve disease: Talk about the current state of your heart valve and how it is affecting your heart function.
- Recent illnesses or concerns: Let your doctor know if you have been sick or are experiencing other conditions that may interfere with the surgical procedure.
- Tissue vs. mechanical heart valves: Have an open discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of tissue and mechanical heart valves and find out what may be best for you.
- What to expect from surgery: Talk through the procedure and how long it will take. Ask about your recovery and what to expect when you return home.
- Medications: Go over the medications you will be taking before and after surgery, particularly if you need anticoagulation medication after receiving a mechanical heart valve.
- Protecting the valve from further damage: Get advice on ways you can avoid aggravating your heart valve disease as you await surgery. Find out what precautions you should take following surgery.
- Lifestyle: Talk through healthy lifestyle changes that could aid in your recovery and your overall heart health.
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Last Reviewed: January 19, 2010 2506