You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with peripheral artery disease. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of things you may have missed.
Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
Don't be afraid to ask questions and learn where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk of Developing Symptomatic Disease
How soon, if at all, can I expect to develop symptoms from my peripheral artery disease?
About Your Risk of Developing Severe Complications
How likely is it that I will have complications like infection or
About Treatment Options
Do you recommend I see a podiatrist for foot care and advice?
What medications do you recommend?
What effects, both positive and negative, can I expect?
Will they interact with anything I am already taking?
How long will I have to take them?
Are there alternative therapies that have been shown to help treat peripheral artery disease?
When or under what circumstances should I consider an invasive procedure?
About Lifestyle Changes
Am I doing all I can to address the causes of this condition to help keep it from getting worse?
Please give me the information I need to engage in a proper, safe exercise program.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a