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Keep a smart heart binder

Have your personal health records at your fingertips

I started keeping my personal medical records in a smart heart binder after I had my first heart event in 2004.

As it turned out, I had a complicated recovery and was in and out of hospital five times in six months. Having my binder really helped because I whenever I saw a doctor or visited the hospital I always had all my personal medical records with me. The doctors and nurses really appreciated it.

And now that a number of years have passed, I find the binder helpful because I don't remember every detail - but it's all there - a complete record of my journey with heart disease at my fingertips!

Whether you have a textbook recovery or a more complicated one, it's really handy to have all your health care records in one place. And a binder is ideal because it's easy to take your records with you to medical appointments.

What should you put in your binder?

These are the things that I keep in my binder.

  • Prescription drug information sheets
  • Hospital discharge records
  • Hospital discharge instructions
  • Stress test instructions
  • Medication list
  • Blood pressure log
  • Blood test results
  • Record of cholesterol levels
  • Echocardiogram reports
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram results
  • Hospital handouts including doctor's diagram of my blockage
  • Rehab program information
  • Info sheets
  • My questions for the doctors
  • Copies of correspondence between cardiologist and family doctor
  • Correspondence with long term disability plan
  • Business cards for my medical team
  • Resources for heart health

    It's not hard to do - it's just a matter of making sure you put the records (you may have to ask for copies - they don't always give them to you unless you ask!) in the binder as soon as you get them - so they don't get lost along the way.

    Do you have ideas or suggestions on what information would be helpful to keep in your binder? If so, contact us and share your information!

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