Doc Needs Your Help to Keep You Healthy
In the past 20 years we’ve seen the discovery of a treatment for HIV/Aids and for several types of depression; and we’ve seen the number of U.S. deaths from heart disease decrease by one-third. But let’s look into the future. In the next few years we could have artificial retinas, lungs, or even kidneys that will clean our blood much like a dialysis machine.
And the medications on the horizon! Based on studies of the human genome, cancer patients could expect to have medications designed especially for them that attack specific cancer sites instead of their whole body. Diseases ranging from addiction to Alzheimer’s could become as manageable as high blood pressure, and this could happen before the first Boomer turns 70.
Many of us Boomers have parents with serious medical HGH Dosage before and after results conditions, and now we may be developing our own. There’s no question we need new medical discoveries to save our lives or at least extend them.
But as these discoveries, particularly oral medications, come onto the market, there are risks, especially when the patient has pre-existing conditions. The banned painkillers, Vioxx and Bextra, and diet medication, Fen-Phen, are cases in point. To assure the safety of the patient taking new drugs, everyone in the treatment process must work together.
Unfortunately doctors don’t always have complete medical details about a patient before they prescribe a new medication. The physician may be too busy to read the entire patient chart before prescribing treatment, or he/she may not be familiar with all the side effects or contraindications of a new drug that’s just come onto the market. To complicate it further, the patient may have memory loss or disorientation which hampers him/her from giving a complete medical history or a detailed list of his current medications and dosages.
Here’s what you can do to reduce errors and generally improve the treatment you, your parents, or your children receive.
1. Prepare and keep updated a summary of the patient’s medical history. Be sure to include dates of surgeries, allergies, existing medical conditions, current symptoms/ complaints, and a history of the major medical diseases experienced by the patient’s family members.
2. Prepare a detailed list of medications the patient is currently taking, the frequency taken, and the dosage.