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What questions will my doctor ask when taking a medical history?

To take a medical history, your healthcare providers simply talk to you. Usually they'll start by reviewing your medical chart and any previous health problems with you. Then they'll ask you more specifically about your current symptoms, family history, and lifestyle.

Questions may include:

  • What symptoms do you have?
  • Do you have any discomfort?
  • Where do you have discomfort?
  • How often do you have discomfort? During what activities?
  • What relieves your discomfort?
  • What other symptoms happen when you feel discomfort?
  • Has anyone in your family ever had heart problems?
  • Do you smoke?

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