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Questions to ask your doctor

Sometimes, talking to your doctor can be a challenge. These questions can help you get started. You can print them and bring them with you to your next office visit.

What is my diagnosis?

What stage of heart failure am I currently in?

What are my treatment options and the associated risks, benefits, and side effects?

What's the next step?

What are the limits to those treatments?

How can I manage my heart failure symptoms?

A medicine I am taking, [name the medicine], is causing undesirable side effects. Is there some way to reduce them? Or could I take another medicine instead?

How can I contact you if my symptoms worsen?




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