Talking to your doctor

Having been diagnosed with heart failure, one of the most important relationships you can have is the one with your doctor and care team. Heart failure is a long-term condition so this relationship is important to help you manage the condition and help keep symptoms at bay1.

Your doctor is there to support you; however, it has to be up to you to take control of your health. Only you are the true expert on how you are feeling, the impact that symptoms have on your life and if they are changing in any way. The doctor needs your help in order to help you!

We understand that talking to a doctor, sharing symptoms and concerns, can be in itself incredibly challenging. But this two-way communication is vital in achieving the best levels of management possible. We’ve put together a ‘Talking to your doctor guide’ that we hope will help you have these conversations. The guide will help you recognise symptoms and any changes in them, suggest a number of questions that you may wish to ask as well as providing general advice for before, during and after appointments and a glossary of heart failure terms you may come across.

 

Talking to Your Doctors Guide

Download the Keep It Pumping Talking to Your Doctors Guide and take back control of your heath.

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1) American Heart Association. Managing Heart Failure Symptoms. Available at: http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/heart-failure/warning-signs-of-heart-failure/managing-heart-failure-symptoms. Last accessed August 2018