It’s important to prepare for your health visits to make sure any questions you have are answered. Remember to mention any changes in how you feel – especially any chest pain, shortness of breath, or concerns about the medications
you are taking.
It may help to write down a list of questions ahead of time. Some helpful ones might include:
- What type of FH do I have?
- How much damage has already been done to my heart/blood vessels? How likely am I to have a heart attack or stroke?
- Can we review the medications I am taking to help lower my cholesterol and how each one works? Will I be taking these medications for the rest of my life?
- How can I best manage side effects?
- Are there other health conditions that can also raise my cholesterol?
- I’ve heard there is a therapy that removes LDL cholesterol from the blood. How does it work? Is it safe?
- How often should I have my cholesterol checked?
- What is lipoprotein(a) and how does that factor in?
- Are there other tests I will need?
- Should I see a genetic counselor? If so, who would you recommend?
- At what point should I talk with my kids about FH or get them tested?
- How is FH treated in children?
- If I have FH and want to get pregnant, do my medications need to be adjusted or stopped?