The next time you are told to change an medical history to include a medical condition that you have had for years, ask yourself why you need to do so.
There are some reasons to do it, experts say, but if you are a patient who has had multiple medical conditions that you think may have contributed to your illness, you are not likely to do well.
Some of the reasons include a history of stroke, heart attack, cancer, diabetes, asthma and more.
There is no evidence that changing your medical records will make you any safer, says Dr. Bruce L. Katz, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of New Mexico.
In fact, Katz says, the risk of a person developing a serious illness is high.
You should be wary of changing medical histories and not take anything for granted.
There may be no way to know whether your medical histories are accurate, or how accurate they are, Katz said.
If you have questions about medical history change, talk to a healthcare provider who is knowledgeable about the history.
If your doctor or nurse thinks you may have a medical illness, it is important to get that information as soon as possible.
Some health care providers, for example, may have medical histories that are more than 15 years old, or they may have been in the hospital longer than five years.
Other medical records may be outdated, Katz warns.
If that happens, you need the help of a healthcare professional.
Ask a healthcare team member about your history, including any other medical conditions.
This information may help you make an informed decision about how to address your health care.
To read more about the reasons why you should not change your history or how to find a healthcare doctor, read our article on how to update your medical information.
Follow us on Twitter: The article “How to update medical information on your health record” appeared in the June 28, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.