5 Reasons Why Collecting Your Medical History Is So Important

Suzanne FiscelIa, PA-C, BCPA / November 4, 2017

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Did you know that there’s an easy way to improve the healthcare you receive? According to the AARP, tracking and keeping your medical information in one place is that way. If you know your own history, you can be you can be your own best advocate. It also works as a great tool if you take care of loved ones or are a professional caregiver. Want to find out how taking this one simple and easy action can improve your health care? We’re going to look at the five major reasons why you need to have access to your medical history.

1. Know Your Risks for Hereditary Diseases and Disorders

A good medical history will include health information from you and close family.

Risks for diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancers can be genetically inherited. While this doesn’t mean you’ll become ill, you can plan accordingly.

Doctors may recommend more frequent mammograms for patients with a family history of breast cancer, for example.

It can also be a good guide for lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or increasing exercise.

2. Keep Track of Medications

Surprisingly, when asked by doctors, most people give incorrect information on their medication lists.

It’s not your fault if you don’t remember everything. Your medical records, though, provide an easy way to keep track of your medicine. Both prescription and over-the-counter medications, like painkillers, should also be included.

A study showed that patients with access to their medical records were better at regularly taking medication as prescribed.

3. To Help Family Members Who Are at Risk of Disease

Your medical history isn’t just for your benefit.

You can use it to alert other family members of their predisposition to getting certain diseases.

Be sure to update your family history as children are born or if family members develop illnesses. After you add them, inform your doctor of the changes.

This could be a valuable tool for the generations yet to come.

4. To Be a Better Patient (Or Caregiver)

For the patient, it helps to be informed when you go to the doctor. You can ask the right questions and feel more secure in your care.

Also, if you want to become a patient advocate you will need to know how to use a medical history. A patient advocate course can help launch your career.

Caregivers can also use it as a quick and easy reference to share with the people who need it, making caregiving duties much easier.

5. Your Medical History Can Be Invaluable in an Emergency

When there’s limited time, your medical information could mean the difference between life and death.

Or, in less serious situations, it saves valuable time searching for relevant facts like medications or allergies.

Next Steps to Take

If you need a central place to store your medical information check out our binder. It doesn’t need messy papers or folders and won’t get lost or misplaced.

We want to make sure you have the right information on hand at the right time, wherever you are.

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Suzanne FiscelIa, PA-C, BCPA

I know exactly what it's like to feel like you just can't keep up. Working a full-time job, raising 3 children as a single mom, and taking care of her aging mother. But after feeling lost, overwhelmed, and guilty for spreading herself too thin, I saw all her patients and their caregivers going through the same thing. I learned how to put simple systems in place to keep my life free from distractions, find free time to do the things I wanted, and enjoy my family along the way. These simple step-by-step solutions have been shared with my patients, friends, and family. They too have found organization, confidence, peace, and freedom. Now we all live the life we love while caregiving! Come join us!
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