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.
posted: 10/29/2012 5:00 AM
Do you know your own medical history
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