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Why is my family medical history important to my pregnancy?

Why is my family medical history important to my pregnancy?

Inheritance: Some diseases run in families (i.e. Sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, diabetes). It's important to discuss these conditions with your doctor as your baby could be at risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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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

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

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If I don't know my family medical history, what is the best time to begin having mammograms?

If I don't know my family medical history, what is the best time to begin having mammograms?

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 more

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My orthopedist is not my primary care doctor. Why should he know my entire medical history which includes gyn. Somethings are private & not relevant.

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

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When visiting a new doctor for 1st time. What detailed family medical history is important to give besides cancer and heart disease

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Height: Be happy with your self, remember good things come in small packages. Marriage is a union between 2 souls, it does not have anything to do with height and neither does survival. Merry Christmas and a happy new year. ...Read more

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Should I screen my children for ovarian cancer genes since it seems to be so deadly? There is no history in my family.

Should I screen my children for ovarian cancer genes since it seems to be so deadly?  There is no history in my family.

No: There is no simple screen for ovarian cancer susceptibility beyond the breast-ovarian cancer gene (brca) testing that costs $2600-3300. Only families with cases of ovarian or early onset (<45) breast cancer should consider this testing. ...Read more

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Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?

Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?

YES YES YES: Especially first degree relatives with breast cancer such as one mother or sisters (or father or brothers for that matter). If one of these family members were diagnosed under age 50, that's also and important fact. Consider genetic counseling. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How much of my families medical history is needed before I seek out genetic counseling?

How much of my families medical history is needed before I seek out genetic counseling?

As Much as Possible: The more information the better and easier for the specialist to focus upon a diagnosis. ...Read more

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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?

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?

CABG: he must have had some abnormal test for the doctor to recommend a CABG, family hx is one risk factor for heart disease but so is smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity to name a few. ...Read more

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Can I call fertility clinic to get update on health history of donor and her family now that child is 12?

Can I call fertility clinic to get update on health history of donor and her family now that child is 12?

Yes: The clinic may have that information if they recruited the donor, otherwise if you used an agency, the agnecy may have the information. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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When there's good reason for my doctore to suspect ovarian cancer?

When there's good reason for my doctore to suspect ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Your gynecologist may suspect ovarian cancer if there is a complex mass with fluid in the abdomen and an elevated ca 125. ...Read more

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