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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Talk with your health care team about peripheral artery disease (PAD) and cardiovascular disease, especially if you already have PAD or suspect you might have it. Here are some questions to help get you started:

  • I've heard peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be a red flag for heart disease. Is that a concern for me?
  • What are the symptoms of PAD?
  • What steps can I take prevent or slow other arteries being affected?
  • How will we know if other arteries in my body are affected?
  • What tests do I need to assess my heart health and risk for stroke?
  • What changes can I make to prevent heart problems or stroke?
  • In addition to my blood pressure and cholesterol levels, what should I watch for?
  • Do I need to try to lose weight? How much?
  • Could medications help protect my heart?
  • How often should my heart health be checked? What tests would you recommend?
  • Last Edited 11/30/2018