Atherosclerosis Health Record Software
People with atherosclerosis should keep health records to closely monitor their condition and effectively manage their cardiovascular health. Maintaining a health journal allows individuals with atherosclerosis to track symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue, which can provide insights into the progression of the disease and any potential complications. Recording potential triggers, such as physical exertion, stress, or certain foods, can help individuals identify factors that worsen their symptoms or lead to adverse cardiovascular events.
Additionally, tracking measurements like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar can provide valuable information on disease management and adherence to treatment plans. Monitoring medications, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, and antiplatelet agents, can ensure proper management of risk factors. Regularly recording lab test results, such as lipid profiles and electrocardiograms (ECGs), can help healthcare providers assess disease progression and adjust treatment strategies accordingly.
Sample health journal entries that can be entered into Goopatient*:
Date: July 28, 2023
To manage symptoms, I plan to take breaks during physical activities and incorporate relaxation techniques to cope with #stress. I will also make sure to adhere to my medication schedule and discuss any concerns with my cardiologist during the appointment.
Today, I experienced mild #chest_discomfort and shortness of breath after climbing a flight of stairs. I also felt fatigued throughout the day.
#Physical_exertion from climbing stairs might have triggered my symptoms. Additionally, a stressful work situation this morning could have contributed to my chest discomfort.
I took my prescribed statin medication #Atorvastatin 20mg and aspirin after breakfast as part of my atherosclerosis management plan.
I measured my #blood_pressure at home after experiencing chest discomfort, and the reading was slightly elevated but returned to normal after resting for a few minutes 127/92.
I have an upcoming follow-up appointment with my cardiologist #Dr.Brown next week to discuss my symptoms and medication management.
*These health records are not real, but compiled by Dr. Mike Stanton of the UCLA Health Center. The data that you put in Goopatient is totally private and stored only on your computer.