Sunday, April 17, 2011

Why Lab Results Are Essential to Keep

Some patients don't hold on to lab results after their doctor's or hospital visits. But did you know that keeping track of your lab results can lead to better health? Here are the reasons why they are sensible enough to keep:

If you have a record of earlier tests around, you can show them to a specialist or another doctor and he/she doesn't need to order another set. Repeating test is a waste of time to both you and your doctor's time.

Having your lab results with you help you play a more active role in your own health. If you know your blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure levels and other important health information, you can control them better in the future.

Knowing how to get your medical records makes it easier to keep your different doctors on the same page.