10 Steps to Figure Out Your Family's Medical History

Here’s what you need to know about gathering your family’s medical history.

10 Steps to Figure Out Your Family's Medical History

You might know a lot about your health, but how much do you really know about the health of your parents or grandparents? Knowing key parts of your family history when it comes to health can help doctors identify diseases you might be at risk for so they can start screening you at the right time. Doing so might just save your life. Here are the 10 steps you need to go through to put together your medical family history.


Think About What Might Have Resolved

It’s also important to think about health conditions that might have resolved. Small heart defects are common in newborn babies and some are repaired soon after birth. While these conditions may no longer bother a person, recording that someone had a congenital deformity can be important, even if it was fixed.

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