Communicating with Your Healthcare Provider

The American Heart Association encourages you to actively discuss all aspects of your health. Talking with your healthcare provider and asking questions can help you become an active part of your healthcare and ensure that all of your healthcare decisions are right for you. Helpful tips to remember for your appointment include: prepare for your visit, speak up and be honest. Things you can discuss with your provider include: your health conditions, treatments and medications, and plans to keep healthy. When discussing your health conditions, important topics to cover are: your family medical history, symptoms, existing conditions and risk factors. When discussing your treatments and medications, important topics to cover are: routine exams and diagnostic tests, treatment options, medications, and costs. When discussing your plans to keep health, important topics to cover are: your family medical history, symptoms, existing conditions and risk factors.

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