Preparing for your appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor, or in the case of severe symptoms, an emergency room doctor. You might then be referred to a doctor trained in heart conditions (cardiologist) and possibly a doctor trained in infectious disease.

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including any that might seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment, and when they began
  • Key personal information, including recent illnesses and their symptoms, recent travel locations, and your and your family's medical history
  • All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you'll receive.

For myocarditis, basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What are other possible causes?
  • What tests do I need?
  • How is myocarditis treated?
  • What side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Are there alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
  • Do I need to restrict my activities?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?

Don't hesitate to ask other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • Have you recently gotten over another illness?
  • Have you traveled out of the country recently?
  • Does anything seem to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
July 12, 2017
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