4Women.Gov explains why you should I talk to my doctor about heart disease?
Many women think heart disease is a man's problem, but heart disease is very much a woman's problem. One in three American women dies of heart disease. In 2003, almost twice as many women died of cardiovascular disease (both heart disease and stroke) than from all cancers combined. The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease. All women should take steps to prevent it.
Doctors do not always bring up heart disease with their female patients. At your next appointment, make sure to ask your doctor about your risk for heart disease and what you can do to lower your risk. If you ever have symptoms that you think might be heart-related, see your doctor right away—never wait!
How do I talk to my doctor about heart disease?
* Make a list of your questions and bring it to your appointment.
* Make a list of any medications you are taking, including any over-the-counter (non-prescription) drugs.
* Make a list of any past illnesses, surgeries, and treatments, including mental health treatment.
Tell your story.
Tell your doctor if:
* You have ever been told that you have high blood pressure, diabetes (also called high blood sugar), or high cholesterol.
* Anyone in your family has had a heart attack or stroke.
* You are having symptoms. Tell your doctor what they are, when they began, how often they happen, and whether they are getting better, worse, or staying the same. Keeping a diary of your symptoms will help you keep track of them and help you talk about them with your doctor. Bring your diary with you to your visit.
Your doctor will probably ask you questions about your lifestyle. She or he may ask if you smoke, drink alcohol, and what kinds of food you eat. Don't be afraid to tell the truth. Your doctor needs to know these things to help you.