Doctor Discussion Guide

Most patients lack any real relationship with their healthcare provider, so an awkward dialogue takes place during most discussions in doctor’s offices. Here are the essential questions to be thinking about before going to your appointment, and questions to review with your healthcare provider to get the most out of the visit. Just select a condition in the box below and your prep list will appear below.

Cholesterol Discussion Guide

Written by eHealth Navigator Friday, 30 March 2012 2:26PM

Talking about your cholesterol levels with your primary care doctor or cardiologist is important.

Bring these questions to your next doctor’s appointment and write down your doctor's responses. 

It will help you and your doctor work together to set goals for treatment, evaluate the success of your treatment, and reduce your risk of side effects.


1.  Why is it important to lower my cholesterol?


2.  How often should I have my cholesterol tested?


3.  What do my cholesterol numbers mean?


4.  Which numbers are important and why?


5.  What are my treatment goals?


6.  What factors may put me at risk for unhealthy cholesterol levels?


7.  Which factors do you think contributed to my elevated bad cholesterol (LDL) level?


8.  What specifically causes low good cholesterol (HDL) and high triglyceride levels?


9.  Which risk factors led you to recommend my current treatment plan?


10.  What are all my cholesterol numbers, including bad cholesterol (LDL), good cholesterol (HDL) and triglycerides (trigs) and what do they mean?


11.  Is my current medication doing enough to help manage my good cholesterol (HDL) and triglyceride levels or do I need something more?


12.  If my good cholesterol (HDL) is too low, is there a medication I can add to my current treatment plan?


13.  How can I manage high triglycerides (trigs)?


14.  Are there any changes I can make to my diet and lifestyle to improve my cholesterol?


15.  Which types of exercise do you recommend for me?


16.  Do I need to make any adjustments to my medication treatment to meet my treatment goals?


17.  Do you have any additional tips that may help me stay on track and reach my goals?


18.  When should I talk to you about scheduling my next lipid panel?