I think it's safe to say you're going to enjoy a new tool provided by MyHeartCentral.com called the Nexcura Heart Profiler. MyHeartCentral.com recently licensed this assessment tool from Harvard and it's ready for you to use!
The Health Profiler provides a comprehensive assessment and recommendations based on the specifics of your health situation, all at no cost to you.
Here are a few of the questions it will answer:
My total cholesterol is under 200, but my LDL is above 130, do I need to be concerned?
What side effects can I expect from this medication?
What are my risk factors and which ones can I change?
I have low HDL cholesterol, what are my treatment options?
Of course, all the information and recommendations are to be used for education only and not as a substitute for discussing your situation and options with your MD.
Let me give you a summary of what the Health Profiler includes:
- Interactive tool - Detailed health questionnaire.
- Results - Provides education on treatment options, side effects, and expected outcomes.
- Reports - Your results are personalized and with the option to print for your records.
- Suggested questions - The Health Profiler claims to offer a list of suggested questions to discuss with your MD, but I did not find this feature while reviewing the program.
- Medical studies - Provides access to the research studies used to base recommendations.
When you sign-in to the Heart Profiler, you have two options. Enter the Treatment Options Tool or the Study Reports Tool. I think it'd be great to alter the option names slightly with an obvious "Start here" button, but if you take the time to read a couple sentences it's clear to complete the "Treatment Options Tool" first and then come back to the "Study Reports Tools" if you want to see the research studies used to base your results and compare treatment options.
Before starting, grab you latest lab results. You will need them to enter your current cholesterol values and latest blood pressure reading. The questionnaire is very detailed and covers 7 steps.
Step 1 - Cholesterol Questionnaire
Cholesterol Lab Values
Background Information - Age, Gender, Ethnicity, etc.
Medical History - Including current height, weight, and waist circumference
Cardiovascular History - Blood pressure, heart disease and treatment history
Lifestyle - Tobacco Use, Alcohol, Diet
Step 2: Medications
You're able to print your medication report as a record to keep track of your dose and medication schedule.