General practitioner and her aged patient talking about heart diseasesMost people visit the doctor only  a few times a year, so it’s important to get the most out of each appointment. The more information you share, the better your doctor can take care of you.

Bring a List to Your Appointment

Before you go to the doctor, make a list of the questions. When you’re not feeling your best, write down your symptoms. Talking with your doctor can help pinpoint and address potential issues, enabling you to get better quickly.

Write Down the Answers

Take notes. Doctors are accustomed to discussing complex medical topics and simplifying them for easier understanding by their patients. Don’t be shy. Ask questions for better understanding.

Follow Through

Keep the notes from the doctor’s visit and follow through. Write down the changes you see during treatment so your doctor can see what’s working the next time you talk.

Your doctor’s goal is to provide you with the care you deserve at every visit. You are a key component of your wellness, so it is important that you and your doctor work as a team to achieve your optimal health.

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