The American Heart Association encourages you to actively discuss all aspects of your treatment regimen — including diet changes, exercise and medicines — with your healthcare team. Doctors, nurses and pharmacists can help you avoid problems associated with taking too little or too much of your medication. They can also help you avoid dangerous interactions or side effects between other medications or foods in your diet. Ask your local hospitals if they participate in Get With The Guidelines, or if they are certified as a Primary Stroke Center* by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Your healthcare professionals will keep working with you to adjust your treatment plan if you have serious side effects. Below you'll find questions to ask your healthcare team to help you take an active part in your heart and stroke health. Print out these questions and take them to your next doctor's appointment.
This content was last reviewed July 2015.