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All In the Family; Knowing your Family Medical History

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Having a knowledge of your family history is instrumental in early detection for many diseases and disorders.

Having a knowledge of your family history is instrumental in early detection for many diseases and disorders.

According to a study by the CDC, 96 percent of Americans believe that knowing their family medical history was important but only one third have taken the initiative to gather their family’s medical information.

Families have many gene, environment and lifestyle factors in common which can give clues to which medical conditions may run in the family. Many common disorders are based on these factors. A family medical history can help identify if you or a loved one are at a higher risk for common disorders like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Healthcare providers may recommend more frequent screenings or checkups for people that have a serious medical condition that runs in their family. Knowing your family’s medical history can give them a heads up to start taking steps to reduce their risk.

A complete family history will include information from three generations of relatives, including children, siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins. This includes current age, sex, relationship and ethnic background. You should also gather the age they were at a disease diagnosis along with their age and cause of death for deceased family members.

Gathering your family’s medical history may throw up some red flags like:

  • A family member got a disease earlier in life than the expectancy
  • Several close family members have the same disease
  • The disease is uncommon for that gender
  • Certain combinations of disease in the family like diabetes and heart disease

Having a disease in your family does not mean that you will get it, but it is important to recognize the risk and keep an eye out. It is important to understand your family history so you can know what you are at a higher risk for and take measures to prevent the disease. That may mean additional medical testing or a lifestyle change like quitting smoking or getting more exercise. If you find that you are at risk or are already living with a disease, LA Medical deals with various pharmacies and care facilities. Contact us about ways we can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle!

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger


We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!

Passing Down Valuable Information: Family Medical History

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Whenever you go to your doctor or specialist, you may be asked to update your medical profile.  This helps the doctors, specialists and nurses better understand your medical needs and have a better idea of your history.  Your history may include certain medications you’ve been on, injuries you may have had and family history.  LA Medical is celebrating Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week and talking about how family history affects medical conditions.

Family history and medical history go hand in hand.  This helps your doctors or specialists better understand your family’s medical history instead of individually evaluating them.  Some families share the same genetically matching diseases or disorders, like diabetes, where others could have a range of different diseases, like narcolepsy and heart disease.

Whenever you fill out your family medical history, make sure to be very informative. This helps doctors determine special treatments plans from rehabilitation, medications or a combination of things.

Family Tree/Medical History

Family members share genes, behaviors, lifestyles and environments that may influence their individual health and their risk of chronic diseases. The most common family-related diseases are cancer (various forms), coronary heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.  If you have a close family member with a disease, you may have a higher risk of developing that disease than those without such a family member, according to the CDC.

Doctors are interested in three generations of your biological relatives. They would like to know the age of diagnosis and the age and cause of death for deceased family members. If you don’t know your family’s history, just ask! It’s helpful to talk with your family about health issues, record them and update your records from time to time.

LA Medical hopes you’ll initiate getting some of your family members together to discuss your family’s history.  LA Medical has you covered when it comes to bathroom safety and incontinence supplies.