You can print out the following lists of questions about angioplasty with stent to take with you when you visit your doctor. You may want to highlight the ones most important to you.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Before the procedure:

  • Am I having a heart attack or unstable angina?
  • If so, what happens next?

If you are not having a heart attack:

  • What symptoms do I have that you’re concerned about?
  • Do I need any tests?
  • If so, what are they, and what can they tell you about the treatment I need?
  • Besides coronary artery angioplasty with stent, what other treatments are available?
  • Why do you recommend this procedure for me?
  • What is a stent? What types of stents are available? Which do you recommend for me?
  • If I have this procedure, what results do you expect?
  • What could happen if I don’t have this procedure?
  • If not you, who will be doing my coronary artery angioplasty with stent procedure?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material about this procedure that I can take home with me?
  • What websites do you recommend visiting for more informatiom?

About the procedure:

  • What type of anesthesia will I have?
  • What, if anything, will I need to do during the procedure?
  • What happens during the procedure?
  • How long will the procedure last?

After the procedure:

  • How will I feel afterwards?
  • When can I go home?
  • When can I go back to my usual activities?
  • What things should I watch for and call you about if they happen?
  • When should I come back for a follow-up appointment?
  • Will I need additional checkups or monitoring?
  • Will I need to take any medication?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medication you’re prescribing for me?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • What time of day should I take it?
  • Do I have to take it with food?
  • If I forget a dose, what should I do?
  • Do I need to avoid any foods, beverages, dietary supplements, or anything else while on this medication?
  • As time goes on, do you think I may need more procedures like this?
  • What can I do to help prevent my needing another procedure like this?

Questions Your Doctor Will Likely Ask You

Before the procedure:

  • What are your symptoms?
  • Where do you feel them?
  • How severe are they?
  • When did you first start having them?
  • Do they come and go, or do you always have them?
  • If they come and go, how often, and when do you have them?
  • What, if anything, seems to make your symptoms better?
  • What, if anything, seems to make them worse?
  • Are you taking aspirin or any other blood-thinning medication?
  • Do you have a pacemaker?
  • Do you have a family history of heart disease or high blood pressure?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Do you smoke? If so, how often?

After the procedure:

  • Do you understand your treatment plan?
  • Do you feel like you can follow it?
  • If not, what are your concerns?