It is important to assemble a team of doctors involved in all the various aspects of your medical care, but the challenge is getting these physicians to communicate with each other about these health issues. In this video, Suzanne Steinbaum, DO, author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life and Bottom Line’s “At the Heart of It All” blog, talks about the need for patients to become their own best advocates and take charge of managing their own medical records so that these results are available to doctors on demand. You can’t count on all doctors and specialists having a copy of all results. Patients have the right to receive copies of their medical and should keep these records organized so that they are available to bring to appointments as needed.
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is a cardiologist, author and spokesperson for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. She has devoted her career to treating heart disease through early detection, education and prevention. For more great tips from Dr. Steinbaum, check out her other videos and Bottom Line blog, At The Heart Of It All.