Talking to Your Doctor about Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of things you may have missed.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions and learn where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- How soon, if at all, can I expect to develop symptoms from my peripheral artery disease?
- How likely is it that I will have complications like infection or gangrene ?
- Do you recommend I see a podiatrist for foot care and advice?
What medications do you recommend?
- What effects, both positive and negative, can I expect?
- Will they interact with anything I am already taking?
- How long will I have to take them?
- Are there alternative therapies that have been shown to help treat peripheral artery disease?
- When or under what circumstances should I consider an invasive procedure?
- Am I doing all I can to address the causes of this condition to help keep it from getting worse?
- Please give me the information I need to engage in a proper, safe exercise program.
- What can I expect in the future?
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American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.americanheart.org/ . Accessed August 14, 2008.
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/92/2012 -
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