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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. James Dukelow
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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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Is a family medical history important? 

Is a family medical history important? 

VERY VERY IMPORTANT: Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation. I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, . ...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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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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Why di I need a family medical history?

Why di I need a family medical history?

DNA+: You are a genetic product of two lines of genetics. Some diseases exhibit themselves probably when exposed to certain "carcinogens" in our everyday environment. We really don't know what does turn certain cancers on, in some ways our own body kills off cancer cells regularly, sometimes this system fails; these cancer cells continue to multiply. I try to discover through the history possiblity ...Read more

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How far back can a family medical history extend back?

Pretty far: It can extend as far back as there was someone around to keep records and document it. ...Read more

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My wife is 26 yrs old, 5' 4'', 130 lbs, excercises 3+ times a week, no pregnancy, no past medical history, familial history of cardiovascular disease, has recently been complaining of dull, aching pain in her hips, radiating down her thighs, and in her k

My wife is 26 yrs old, 5' 4'', 130 lbs, excercises 3+ times a week, no pregnancy, no past medical history, familial history of cardiovascular disease,  has recently been complaining of dull, aching pain in her hips, radiating down her thighs, and in her k

Need more info.: If I had to guess, the pain is likely related to her exercise regimen. However, significant information is missing. What type(s) of exercise and how many hours of week does she exercise? Is the pain associated with her exercise program or general level of activity? How intense is it? Does it interfere with her normal activities? It would help for her to do a live consult with Healthtap. ...Read more

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When should I have pregnancy test it is 6 days past of my ovulation.Kindly consider my medical history and tell me what precautions should I take now ?

When should I have pregnancy test it is 6 days past of my ovulation.Kindly consider my medical history and tell me what precautions should I take now ?

Some early : Pregnancy tests can detect pregnancy up to six days prior to your anticipated period. (sorry the only medical history that shows are your pregnancy stats). ...Read more

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