Visit your physician
When you visit your physician, there are several pieces of information that will help make your appointment more effective, and there are questions you'll want to remember to ask.
Information to bring with you
You should be prepared to report the history of your symptoms, including:
- How long the symptoms have been occurring.
- The approximate number of times you have had symptoms over the last several months.
- The amount of time between symptoms.
- The duration of your symptoms when they occur.
- A description of your symptoms by anyone who has witnessed them.
- What you were doing when the symptoms occurred.
- Inform your doctor of other specialists you have seen for your symptoms.
Questions to ask your doctor
- What is my diagnosis?
- What does it mean?
- What causes my symptoms?
- What tests should be done? Why?
- What are my treatment choices?
- What are the risks, benefits, or side effects of these choices?
- What can I do to improve the health of my heart?
- Should I be referred to a heart rhythm specialist, such as a cardiologist or electrophysiologist, to discuss my condition?
Although you may find important information in your search for answers about your condition, there is no substitute for professional medical advice for treatment of specific medical conditions. Please consult with your healthcare provider to discuss any questions or concerns you may have;, only he/she can accurately diagnose or treat your health condition.