Talking to Your Doctor
Women can take charge of their health by making positive lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke, including congestive heart failure. Talk to your doctor to find out how you can live a longer, healthier life. Here are some things you might ask your doctor about:
Questions About Your Cholesterol Levels
What is cholesterol and how may too much of it affect my health?
What is a healthy cholesterol level and how can I reach or maintain a healthy level?
What is my HDL (“good”) level, my LDL (“bad”) level and my total cholesterol level?
What is my triglyceride level?
How often should I have my cholesterol checked?
If my cholesterol levels are abnormal, should I be taking medicines such as statins, niacin, or fibrates in addition to eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity?
What is an optimal blood pressure for me?
What is my blood pressure and how can I reach and maintain a healthy level?
How often should I have my blood pressure checked?
Should I be on blood pressure lowering medicine in addition to following a healthier?
At what weight would I be considered overweight or obese?
How can I reach or maintain a healthy weight?
What is a heart healthy way to eat?
What kind of physical activity should I do?
How can I quit smoking?
How can I avoid possible weight gain after I quit smoking?
What are the risk factors for diabetes?
Diabetes runs in my family. How can I prevent it?
I have diabetes. How can I control it?
I have diabetes, and I know that increases my risk of heart disease and stroke. Should I be on a statin, an ACE inhibitor and/or aspirin, in addition to following a healthier lifestyle?
What can I do to increase my physical activity levels?
If I am at intermediate or high risk for heart disease or congestive heart failure, are medicines for blood pressure control, cholesterol control and aspirin appropriate for me?
What is a stroke?
What are my risk factors for heart attack and stroke?
How would I know if I am having a heart attack or stroke?
What should I do if I think I’m having a heart attack or stroke?
This information was kindly provided by the American Heart Association, ©2006, All Rights Reserved.