I am, admittedly, terrified of doctors. I avoid them at all costs and rush through my annual exams like I’m on a self-timer. Even throughout both of my pregnancies, I was hesitant to tell my docs everything I was feeling or experiencing for self-conscious fear of overreacting. And it looks like I’m not the only one. A new GE study on the disconnect between patients and doctors shows that 28% of patients say they “lie or omit facts” when visiting their health care providers. And doctors believe that numbers to be even higher. The study found that 77% of providers felt that one-fourth of their patients knowingly leave out facts or flat-out lie to them.
While many times these may just be honest forgetfulness or simple oversights, the cardiologists interviewed say that some “oversights” may prove to be fatal, admitting that if they don’t have the whole truth, it’s harder for them to get a clear picture of your true health conditions. Even better advice from the docs? If you’re uncomfortable talking to your doctor, find a new one.
In honor of American Heart Month, CNN compiled the five things you should never forget to mention to your heart doctor:
1. Any vitamins or supplements you’re taking
2. Any tests you’ve done with other doctors
3. Skipping medications
4. Stress at home or at work
5. Not sticking to an exercise or diet regimen