Connexions Resource Centre - Satellite Offices
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Shawville: 530, rue Main, Shawville, Qc, J0X 2Y0
Wakefield: 721, chemin Riverside, Wakefield, QC J0X 3G0
819-557-0615 •

#YouAsked: “What questions should I ask my doctor about my risk of heart disease?”

If you’re headed to your doctor’s for a check-up, consider asking the following heart health questions:

  1. How does my family history affect my heart health?  And what are my risks for heart disease given my personal risk factors?
  2. Are tests needed at this time to check my risk of heart disease? If so, what are these tests?  How often should these tests be done?
  3. What are my values or results from these tests? (like blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight)
  4. How do my values/results compare to what is considered normal?
  5. What should I know about the effects of menopause on my health?
  6. What are the warning signs or symptoms of heart attack?
  7. Are my exercise habits increasing my risk of heart disease?
  8. Is my level of stress/anxiety increasing my risk of heart disease?
  9. Are there programs to help me quit smoking?
  10. What kind of physical activity is right for me?
  11. Do I need to lose weight or gain weight for my health?
  12. Should I be taking medication to lower my risk for heart disease?
  13. What support is available to help me achieve my goals?
  14. How can I tell if I’m having a heart attack? If I think I’m having one, what should I do?

The Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre has a great set of Questions to Ask your Doctor if you have heart health concerns specific to diabetes, cancer, depression, pregnancy, etc.

Read #DidYouKnow That 7 Times As Many Women Die From Heart Disease As Cancer? for a list of the signs and symptoms of heart disease for women.