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Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Tests - Heart Health

There are some questions below that you might find useful to ask your doctor about your test(s).

Why am I having this test and what do you expect it to show?

This helps you have some insight into your doctor’s thinking.

Will the result of the test change my treatment options or treatment?

This is perhaps the most important question of all. Doctors are taught that tests which matter most are those which have the potential to change treatment decisions, and if a test involves risk but the results won’t change your treatment options, then you should give careful consideration about whether or not to proceed.

How accurate is the test?

Some test results can vary according to the time of day, whether you’re male or female or even how well the test’s been performed and therefore might need to be repeated to be sure that an abnormal finding is truly abnormal.

At any stage it is probably better if you talk to your doctors or other health professionals caring for you about any tests you may have to find out what the results are telling them (and you) about:

  • Your diagnosis
  • Any risks that have been identified or shown not to exist
  • The extent of damage or problem
  • How the results might impact on your treatments and procedures.

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Last published: 31 October 2011

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