Preparing for Appointment

If you feel that there are chances of you too having symptoms of high cholesterol, or you are worried about future risks, make an appointment with your family doctor to have your cholesterol level checked.

Here’s some information to help you get ready for your appointment, and what to expect from your doctor.

What you can do

Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions: At the time you make the appointment, be sure to ask if there’s anything you need to do in advance, such as before going for cholesterol test what kind of restrictions should be followed.

 Write down any symptoms you’re experiencing:  Letting your doctor know if you have symptoms like chest pains or shortness of breath can help your doctor decide how  your high cholesterol needs to be treated.

Pen down key personal information: this can include a family history of high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure or diabetes..

Medications list:  Make a list of any vitamins or supplements that you’re taking.

Take a family member or friend along: if possible. Sometimes it can be difficult to soak up all the information provided to you during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot.

Discuss your diet and exercise habits: If you don’t already exercise or eat a healthy diet, be ready to talk to your doctor about any challenges you might face in getting started.

Write down questions to ask your doctor.

It is better to prepare a list of questions to be asked, as your time will be limited with doctor. Here are some basic questions:

  • Which is the best course of action?
  • What kinds of tests does u recommend?
  • What kind of food I should include in my diet?
  • How often do I need a cholesterol test?
  • How can I manage my other health issues?
  • What kind of food restrictions should I follow?
  • Is there any need of consulting a specialist?
  • Are there any magazines or brochures that I can carry home?

Remember don’t hesitate to ask any questions during your appointment if at all you feel difficulty in understanding.

What to expect from your doctor
your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Be patient to answer them These are few questions:

  • What kind of diet do you follow?
  • Do you indulge in daily exercise?
  • Do you have a family history of heart disease or stroke, high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
  • Do you smoke? Are you or were you around other smokers?
  • Have you had a cholesterol test before? What were your cholesterol levels?