Twitter Chat Recap: What is one thing a patient should always do or ask about at an appointment?



Question 4: Before a patient leaves a provider’s office or telehealth visit, what is one thing they should always do or a question they should always ask?


Heart Failure Society of America @HFSA

  • The most important thing for a patient to do at the end of a clinic visit is to make sure they know their follow-up plan for care. What should they do if symptoms worsen? Is lab follow-up needed? What meds/doses have been changed and why? #HFChat2022 #HFWeek2022

American Association of Heart Failure Nurses @AAHFN

  • It is important for the patient to ask "what do I need to do?". Understanding the things they have power over and control is important during their HF health journey. #HFChat2022 #HFWeek2022

The Heart Brothers Foundation @HeartBrothers1

  • Two very important things #heartfailurepatients AND caregivers/loved ones should know are 1. Who to call if the patient's condition worsens and 2. A verified list of doctors' instructions, medications, and dosages. #heartfailurecare #heartfailuremanagement #HFChat2022

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association @4hcm

  • Patients should always ask about new clinical trial opportunities, updates in HCM treatment guidelines, and when they should return for a visit!  HCM is a life long disease - make a lifetime plan. @HFchat2022 

International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation @ISHLT

  • One question that’s always important is “when will you see me next time?” Understanding the plan with your care team going forward is key. #HFChat2022 #HFWeek2022

Mended Hearts @MendedHearts

  • A patient should make sure they understand all treatment directions before leaving their visit and understand what each medication is for. #HFChat2022
  • If you don’t understand a diagnosis, treatment, or med, it’s ok to ask your HCP to explain it differently so you do #HFChat2022

Women Heart @WomenHeartOrg

  • Patients should make sure they understand what the doctor told them – it’s okay to ask for clarification if you don’t understand. And know your next steps – are you picking up medication, making a follow up appt, etc. #HFChat2022