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Heart attack - Questions to ask your doctor

BMJ Group Medical Reference

If you've had a heart attack, you may want to talk to your doctor to find out more.

Here are some questions that you might want to ask:

  • How much has my heart been damaged? Where is the damage?

  • Is my heart pumping properly?

  • Am I likely to have complications from my heart attack, such as an abnormal heartbeat?

  • Could my heart stop beating?

  • Did I have treatment to unblock the artery that carries blood to my heart (the coronary artery)? If I haven't, will I have treatment to unblock it?

  • If I had drug treatment, why did you choose that over surgery to clear the blockage? Why did you choose it over an operation to widen my artery so that more blood can pass through (known as coronary angioplasty)?

  • If I had surgery or coronary angioplasty, why did you choose that over drug treatment?

  • Will I have to take drugs for the rest of my life?

  • When can I go home?

  • What are my chances of having another heart attack?

  • What things can I do to avoid having another heart attack?

  • When will I be able get back to work or my hobbies?

  • Will my children be more likely to have a heart attack when they're older?

Glossary

coronary arteries

Coronary arteries are the vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle. If yours are blocked, you may have a pain in your chest (known as angina) or a heart attack because parts of the heart are not getting enough blood and oxygen.

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Citations

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Last Updated: December 18, 2012
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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