Questions to Ask Your Doctor About High Cholesterol

From your initial diagnosis throughout your treatment and care, you will have questions about your high cholesterol. Our patient education guide lists questions to discuss with your doctor so you can make informed decisions about your condition.

Questions About My Diagnosis

  • If I have a high triglyceride count and the total cholesterol number is normal, do I have a cholesterol problem?
  • What does a lipid panel include?
  • Are lipids and cholesterol the same?
  • Do I have blocked arteries or plaque formation already? What is my risk for heart disease?
  • How often should I have my cholesterol tested? What tests do I need?

Questions About My Treatment

  • Is there a specialist for high cholesterol? Should I see one?
  • Do I need medication to lower my cholesterol? What are the side effects to these drugs?
  • Do I have to take the medication forever? Even if my values return to normal?
  • Can I lower cholesterol by taking supplements?
  • What risks do I have if I choose not to take medication?
  • Are there alternative therapies to lower my cholesterol?

Questions About My Lifestyle and Family

  • Does this run in families? Will my children get it?
  • At what age should my children be tested?
  • Will a special diet decrease my cholesterol? Will you recommend one or should I consult with a nutritionist?
  • Are there foods that I should avoid? Should I give up alcohol?
  • How much weight loss would change my cholesterol numbers?
  • Is there exercise that I can do?