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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried that I might have heart failure.
  • I have heart failure, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have heart failure, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried that I might have heart failure.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 19, 2020

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign of heart failure?
  2. Are there tests to diagnose heart failure?
  3. If my heart is failing, what's the likely cause?
  4. Will my symptoms get worse?
  5. Should I change my diet or make other lifestyle changes to reduce symptoms?
  6. Can medication or other treatments help ease my symptoms or increase my lifespan?

I have heart failure, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 19, 2020

  1. What caused my heart failure, and what can I do to control it?
  2. What medications should I take? How will I know if they are working?
  3. Should I remain active? What's the best exercise for someone like me?
  4. Should I be careful about when and how much fluid I drink?
  5. Will physical rehabilitation or exercise help my heart?

I have heart failure, and I'm sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 19, 2020

  1. Are my problems due to heart failure or some other condition?
  2. Should I consider changing my heart failure medications?
  3. What else can I do to reduce the strain on my heart?
  4. Should I consider a defibrillator or pacemaker?
  5. Am I a candidate for an implanted heart pump or a heart transplant?