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From "Know What Questions to Ask About Your Risk of Heart Disease," by The American Heart Association:

The next time you visit your physician, take this list of questions with you–and jot down a few of your own.

Visit americanheart.org

to explore the topic of cardiovascular disease before you go to your doctor.

Cholesterol

  • 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?

  • High Blood Pressure

  • 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 lifestyle?

    Diabetes
  • What is diabetes and how may it affect my heart health?
  • Diabetes runs in my family. How can I prevent 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?

    Physical Activity
  • How much physical activity should I engage in?
  • Can you recommend some specific activities that would be appropriate for me?

    Risk
  • What is my personal risk for heart disease?
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