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Getting the Most out of your Doctor and other Resources

You and your doctor are partners in your future health. Making the most of the time with your healthcare professionals is a crucial part of being a Great Patient. Making sure you understand your condition, know your medications and adherence, and can ask well-informed questions about treatment and next steps will elevate your conversation with all healthcare professionals, and help them provide the best information to give you the support you need and deserve.

Be A Great Patient

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    Are you a Great Patient?

    Are you getting the most out of your doctor visits? How many boxes can you check below? Our Great Patient checklist includes a list of things you can do to ensure you are preparing to get the most information and satisfaction from your medical care.

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    Activate your Support Networks - online and in person

    Giving and receiving support during every stage of your journey can make the difference between a good day and a bad one. While your doctors and nurses are important partners, the reality is that you have only a short time with him/her. Another layer of knowledge, sharing and empowerment comes through connecting with people like you online via AHA/ASA’s Support Network with multiple discussion forums. The AHA/ASA also provides a way to connect locally with people in your area.

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  • Discover other Patients' New Normal after a Heart Attack or Stroke.

    Discover other Patients’ New Normal after a Heart Attack or Stroke

    Many people have stood where you stand right now, and many have shared their stories about their new normal after a heart attack or stroke. Seeing others define their new normal may help you see what is to come, and trigger questions to ask your doctor or nurse. Read about Traci Joyce’s Journey and others that will educate and inspire you to be the master of your own new normal.

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    Manage your Medications

    It’s important your doctor knows what medications you’re taking, if you’re taking them on a regular basis, and what side effects you may be experiencing. Keeping track of your prescribed medications can be challenging — especially if you're taking several different medicines. Writing things down will make managing your medications a lot easier. Use our printable medicine tracker.

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    Managing Insurance and Prescription Costs

    Working through the complexities of insurance plans is one more headache you don’t need when managing your condition. The AHA/ASA has put together a concise reference of the most helpful information on insurance plans, what they mean and where to go to more information.

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    Ask First: Has this medication been tested in clinical trials with equal female representation?

    Despite some progress, women are still not being included in cardiovascular disease studies in adequate numbers, and many clinical trials do not analyze or report results by gender…

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    A Heart Healthy Diet and Regular Exercise are Keys to a Better You

    We have done all the pre-work for you! There is an assortment of interesting and delicious recipes that will help keep your numbers in check. Check out how to spice up your meals and leave salt behind!

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    Beat Stress with Positivity

    There are a thousand sources of stress around you every day when you’re managing your condition. It is very important to avoid stress whenever possible, as it compounds the impact of your condition. It’s not always easy, but it is something you can control. Take a deep breath, count to 10, and make some of these stress releasing techniques a part of your everyday routine.

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