Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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At every doctor appointment, be sure to take a list of questions and a pen to record your doctor’s answers. Ask your family or caregiver for questions they have about your condition that should be added to the list.


Test Results

  • Talk through the results of your blood test, electrocardiogram, chest X-ray, echocardiogram and stress test.

Severity of Your Heart Failure

  • What is the current state of my heart failure and how is it affecting the function of my heart?
  • Can I wait to have a procedure to treat my heart failure or do I need it now?


  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options?
  • What procedure are you planning to do?
  • How many of these procedures have you performed?
  • What are the risks for my procedure?
  • How long will the procedure take and how long will I be in the hospital?
  • Will I be awake for the procedure? If so, will I feel anything?
  • What can I expect to feel like after my procedure? Will it be very painful?
  • How does this procedure affect my other health conditions and medications?
  • If you are receiving an implantable device, ask what type and brand of device.
  • What do I need to do to prepare for my procedure?
  • What will be expected of me to ensure the best possible outcome?
  • What should my caregivers do to prepare for my procedure and recovery?
  • Will I need any medications before or after my procedure?
  • Will the procedure permanently treat my heart failure or will I need another procedure or a replacement device at some point?
  • How long will I be away from work?


  • What are some complications to watch out for following my procedure?
  • What kinds of things do my family members and friends need to watch out for as my caregivers?
  • What are healthy lifestyle changes I could make that would aid in my recovery and overall heart health?

Daily Life

  • Will I be able to do everything I’ve always done, whether it’s running, playing with my kids or grandkids or traveling?
  • Find out about how regularly you will be meeting with your doctor in the days, weeks, months and years following your procedure.