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posted: 10/29/2012 5:00 AM

Do you know your own medical history

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  • Patients should have knowledge of their medical histories when seeing a doctor.

    Patients should have knowledge of their medical histories when seeing a doctor.

  • It's important that doctors have updated medical records and histories of patients.

    It's important that doctors have updated medical records and histories of patients.

  • Experts recommend patients keep their doctors updated on their health history and condition.

    Experts recommend patients keep their doctors updated on their health history and condition.

 
By Carolyn Butler
Special to The Washington Post

Coming to any health care provider equipped with at least some background knowledge about a medical history can help you get better, more personalized and targeted care, say experts. "Given the fact that a lot of people today don't (have or keep up) with a primary-care provider whose job is to keep track of basic vitals like blood pressure, weight and body mass index, as well as other key information ... it is incumbent on the patient to know these things and to have them at the ready when needed," says primary-care internist Foster Montalbano of Springfield Family Medicine in Alexandria, Va.

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