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Published 2018-03-29
Changed 2019-01-27

Check 1: What do I want to tell my doctor – about my complaints?

  • My complaints are:
    • Reduced
    • Unchanged
    • Worse
    • Please specify: ……
  • I suffer from new complaints:
    • Please specify: ……

Check 2: What do I want to tell my doctor – about my specific treatment?

  • Which medicines do I use now? Write down the name:
    • ……
    • ……
  • Are these medicines necessary?
  • What purpose do those medicines serve exactly?
  • Are there other treatment possibilities or better medicines than the ones I use now?
  • I suspect I have side effects of my treatment, such as:
    • ……
    • ……
  • Can I stop my treatment?
  • How long do I have to continue with my treatment?
  • I need a repeat prescription for my treatment.
  • I’m going on holiday and need to sit down for more than two hours in the car / plane; do I have to keep something in mind?
  • Other:

Check 3: What do I want to ask my doctor – about my (newly diagnosed) condition?

  • What is AF?
  • How did I get AF?
  • Is AF hereditary?
  • What are the dangers or consequences of AF?
  • Why can I get a stroke of AF?
  • Does AF go away?
  • What can I do to make the arrhythmia go away or to reduce the risk of a stroke?

Check 4: What do I want to ask my doctor – about normalizing the heart rhythm?

  • Can it go away?
  • What can the doctor do to make it go away?
  • Which treatment do I get to manage AF?
  • How does this treatment work?
  • What are the pros and cons of the different treatment options?
  • What does this mean in my situation?
  • Which side effects can I expect?

Check 5: What do I want to ask my doctor – about blood thinners?

  • There are several blood thinning options. What are the differences, pro’s and con’s?
  • What are the most common side effects of blood thinners?
  • What would be the best blood thinner for me?
  • Are there treatments (reversal agent, antidote) available to temporarily stop the blood thinning effect of my blood thinner in case of emergencies?

I take already a blood thinner

  • I don’t have complaints (anymore). Why do I need to keep taking a blood thinner?
  • How do I take my blood thinner properly? Can anything go wrong?
  • What are the most common side effects of blood thinner?
  • Are there any medicines/nutrition supplies that I can or can’t use in combination with blood thinners? Is this the case for all medicines?
  • Are there any things I can’t eat or drink anymore when I take a blood thinner?
  • When do I have to seek medical attention?
  • Are there new developments according AF and stroke prevention or blood thinners?

Do I need to regularly come back for a check-up of the blood thinner levels?

  • Are there any things I can’t eat or drink anymore when I take a blood thinner?

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Reference:

[1] Kirchhof P et al., Europace. 2016 Nov;18(11):1609-1678.