Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Getting Ready for Your Visit

  • Bring your medical history, including dosages of medications or supplements, and a list of illnesses and hospitalizations
  • Invite a friend or family member to go with you if you think it would be helpful to have someone take notes so you can focus on the discussion
  • Prepare a copy of your family tree and a list of questions you would like your doctor to answer

Discussing Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH)
with Your Doctor

Go in with a plan. Bring a list of concerns and ask the doctor for detailed explanations. If your doctor’s explanations or instructions are unclear, ask for clarification. Let your doctor know if you have concerns about a recommended treatment or lifestyle change. Remember, this is a partnership for your health between you and your doctor.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About FH

  • What’s the difference between FH and high cholesterol? What does it mean to say that FH is a genetic disorder?
  • What are the characteristics of a family with FH?
  • How does cholesterol relate to heart disease?
  • What level of cholesterol is considered ideal? What is considered too high? What are my cholesterol levels?
  • Why is early detection important? I’ve heard that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institutes of Health recommend cholesterol screening for children as early as the age of 2.
  • How should I talk to my family about FH?
  • Are there healthcare professionals who specialize in FH?

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FH resources

Download discussion guides and an FH fact sheet from the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

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Lipid specialists and FH

A lipid specialist is a healthcare professional with in-depth knowledge of cholesterol disorders like FH. Learn more

Should my child be screened for FH?

Read screening recommendations for children from the American Academy of Pediatrics.