AFTER A HEART ATTACK: TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR

After a heart attack, you may feel a little overwhelmed. Talking to your doctor is a good first step. Here are some questions to ask the doctor during your visit. You may want to bookmark or print this page so the questions are handy when you talk to your doctor. If possible, it’s a good idea to bring someone with you who can also listen and take notes.

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR DOCTOR

Getting answers to your questions can help you to establish your priorities, know what to expect, and regain a sense of control. Go to your appointment prepared and gain the information you need to stay healthy and happy!

Here’s a list of several questions to start with.

  • What caused my heart problem?
  • How severe is my heart problem?
  • Do I need a caregiver in my home?
  • Do I need a cardiac rehab program to make my heart stronger?
  • What prescriptions do I need? What are the side effects?
  • What can I do to prevent having a heart problem again?
  • What symptoms warrant a 9-1-1 call?
  • When can I resume normal physical activities?
  • Is it safe to have sex?
  • Should I start an aspirin regimen?
  • Is it normal to feel depressed?
  • What can I do to manage stress?
  • Should my diet change? How?
  • How often do I need to see my doctor?
  • Are there any other specialists I need to see?

NO QUESTION IS A BAD QUESTION

When you talk to your doctor, know that he or she most likely has a lot of experience helping heart attack survivors recover. As a result, there’s very little chance you could ask a question or share an issue your doctor hasn’t dealt with before. Feeling nervous is natural, but getting answers to your questions and sharing your concerns – no matter what they are – is part of helping you get into the mindset you need to live heart-healthy.

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MANAGING RISK:

WHY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS MAY NOT BE ENOUGH

If you take prescription medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, they may not be enough to protect your heart. Talk to your doctor about whether these medications are enough for you and whether adding an aspirin regimen can help further reduce the risk of another heart attack or clot-related (ischemic) stroke.

LEARN HOW ASPIRIN COULD HELP

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. 

HEART ATTACK SURVIVOR STORIES

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BETTY B

"I am thankful for each day and the opportunities it brings to share my experiences with others."

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KEN L

"I’ve changed my diet to minimize fat and salt. I’m learning to read labels and make healthy choices."

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CINDY B

"It all comes down to listening – the cardiologists listening to us, and not just with their stethoscopes – and us listening to the cardiologists. Without both of these, there are no winners!"

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RANDY W

"I now take a low dose Bayer Aspirin regimen, and I was told that the aspirin I was given during my heart attack helped save my life! Thanks for being there for me Bayer!"

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Aspirin regimen products for recurrent heart attack prevention

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

This tool is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, medical advice, or medical treatment. Contact your healthcare provider after using the tool to discuss your heart health or if you have any health concerns.

Estimated risk of a cardiovascular event, specifically, the risk of a heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) or stroke in the next five years.