Communicating with your doctor is essential to an accurate diagnosis
and the appropriate treatment plan for you. If you think you may have angina, tell
your doctor how your angina attacks feel (eg, like your chest is being squeezed, or like you're out
of breath and gasping for air), how often they occur, how long they last, and if you've had to
cut back on activities due to angina pain or other symptoms.
Tell your doctor about any other medical conditions you may have, and about any medications or herbal supplements you are currently taking. Some antianginal medications are not recommended for people who have other medical conditions or who are already taking certain types of medication. If your doctor prescribes Ranexa, tell your doctor if you have had problems with your heart rhythm or heartbeat, or problems with your liver.
Once you start a treatment plan, you'll also want to report changes in your condition to your doctor, as well as side effects that bother you or won’t go away. If you have any questions about your condition or your treatment, or are not satisfied with your treatment, talk to your doctor.
Write it down
It can be helpful to write down your symptoms, notes, and questions before you
go to the doctor's office. Download and complete our Doctor Discussion Guide to help
in organizing your thoughts before your next appointment with your doctor.