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Questions to ask your primary care provider

September 7, 2021 | Wellness | Healthy You | Aging Well

Older woman in mask talks with a doctor

Asking questions is the best way to make sure you and your doctor are on the same page.

You might have noticed that doctors can ask a lot of questions. It's part of how they get the information they need to help patients solve or prevent health concerns.

When you've scheduled a visit--whether it's for your annual exam or a new health problem--you will want to be prepared to answer questions your provider might ask. 

You might also plan on asking your doctor a few questions.

Your health is important and your visit with your provider is often a good opportunity to learn more about taking care of yourself.

Here are a few questions to consider asking at your next office visit:

  • How are my vitals?
  • What preventive care services or screenings are right for me at this point in time?
  • Which internet resources should I use for medical info?
  • How does my family history affect my risk for certain conditions?
  • How could [insert diagnosis e.g., blood pressure, high cholesterol] impact my health down the road?
  • How can I reduce my risk for heart disease?
  • Is there anything you'd recommend for me to live a longer, healthier life?
  • When should I come see you again? How often should I get a check up?

If you or any members of your family are due for a checkup or annual physical you can schedule one today by: