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Why Is My Family Medical History Important To My Pregnancy
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
I have a family history of heart problems. It is my mother so it is my immediate family. How high are my risks? And what tests should I have yearly
Family history : Family history of premature coronary artery disease (male before age 55 and female before age 65) increases risk of coronary artery disease however this risk is not incorporated in conventional risk calculations. Start with checking lipid (cholesterol) panel, blood pressure, blood sugar, maintain a healthy body weight, keep active with regular exercise, avoid smoking, and a heart healthy diet. ...Read more
Age Forty: There is currently a debate whether to begin mammography at 40 or 50. The controversy is that, in order for a screening test to prove beneficial, it has to decrease the mortality rate of those that have the test. While mammograms conclusively diagnose breast cancers earlier beginning at age 40, the mortality rates are less clear. When weighing the pro's and con's, I am a strong proponent. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My orthopedist is not my primary care doctor. Why should he know my entire medical history which includes gyn. Somethings are private & not relevant.
Your choice: It's your choice to answer whatever questions you want too. I often have patients who leave questions unanswered on the intake forms. Unless i really need the answers i don't ask. Many doctors do need to assess the risk that a woman is pregnant when they are giving care. It may impact choice of treatment ; medications in many cases. So the information may actually be relevant. ...Read more
When visiting a new doctor for 1st time. What detailed family medical history is important to give besides cancer and heart disease
Everything: Detailed family history is very important. Increase cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, obesity, thyroid diseases or any endocrine condition, gastrointestinal conditions, mental disorders etc. Just to mention few. Genetics is playing a big role on many diseases. And the list keep growing. ...Read more
I'm going to general annual physical check up. This is my first time in my life I guess. Do I have to prepare anything? What tests are included?
Call office first: Call the office where you are going for your check-up and asked if there is anything you should do (diet, activities,) before you go in. Some offices let you download their forms from their website (if they have one,) and fill out info before getting there. They may want a list of meds, supplements, etc. that you are currently taking, etc. ...Read more
My age is 27, and I'm just 5feet.I would like to increase my height and this very crucial for surviving & to get marriage .so please suggest any way.
Should I screen my children for ovarian cancer genes since it seems to be so deadly? There is no history in my family.
I have recurrent miscarriages and am preparing to see a new doctor. What medical history information should I get from my family that would helpful?
Genetic : Some family information is important. You want to know about any genetic.Disorders. You would want to know about any family history of mental retardation. Also you want to know about any infertility or anyone else having recurrent miscarriages. And it is important to know at what age your mother went through menopause. That information may not be useful but it may be important. ...Read more
Our family do not have history in heart attack, but after thetering, doctor suggest my dad for CABG. But my dad have no symptomps so far. what to do?
Can I call fertility clinic to get update on health history of donor and her family now that child is 12?
What is a hydroscan test. In detail please my sister~in~law is having one and she and we as a family want info on the test
HIDA scan more detai: Actually hida scan for evaluating involves initially injection of radio tracer that extracted from blood stream by liver cells, courses the liver, and then moves through biliary system to gallbladder, bile ducts, then bowel. Patient given hormone cck to stimulate gall bladder to contract. Amount of contraction and symptoms incurred determine results of test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When asked about family health history related to breast cancer, is it more important to know the info on my mother's side or my fathers side. This is related to breast cancer?
I'm trying to maintain more privacy in my doctor office visits. Is there any way I can get my mom to stop telling my doctor what she thinks I feel?
Without mom: See your doctor without your mom.Get a more detailed answer ›
What do you suggest if my husband has horrible feet and a family history of foot problems, what can we do?
My wife has family history of heartattacks she been to ER and has appt w heart spec but is it is a month away. Her pain is worsening what do we do ?
Would it be a wise choice to have a heart wellness exam or stress test exam since heart disease runs on my dads side of my family?
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