Rebecca provides three tips for women who have heart disease and would like to better advocate for their health.
Ladies, I’d like to give you three tips on how you can get better advice from your doctor about the medications that they are prescribing. Number one, be sure that your doctor fully understands the condition that you are under and no doubt you’ll do your research before you arrive to your doctor to maybe get a heads up on what you might expect.
Number two, ask lots of questions. Ask about alternatives. Have them explain the medication to you and any possible side effects in line with the medication that you are already taking.
And number three, follow up. You have to be specific when you are talking to your doctor about the effects that these medicines have on you. Be very honest with your doctor because they will be able to tell the nuance and make adjustments appropriately.
Let me give you an example on how I use these tips. My doctor once asked me, “Out of a seven-day period do you feel good three days out of the week? Do you feel good four days out of the week? What are we looking at?”
I said, “I don’t know, maybe four days out of the week I feel okay,” and what was interesting is the week prior I just had an angiogram, coming back in for my results, she goes, “Oh, strangely enough, I can see data here that supports what you are telling me.” So truly, how you feel is dependent upon your medicine and it shows. So using these three tips you will be able to better communicate with your doctor as well.