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.
Step 3: Cholesterol Risk Assessment
Provides heart disease risk and treatment recommendations based on your questionnaire answers. Also, calculates your BMI and ideal body weight range.
Step 4: Risk Factor Report
Lists the risk factors you can control and the ones you cannot. Explains in detail each risk factor and additional information on risk factors currently being researched, such as homocysteine's relationship to heart disease.
Step 5: Treatment Options Report
Here's where you receive guidance on changes to lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. What's great is if you need more details you can click "treatment description" or "side effects information" to learn more. You can even compare different medications.
A feature I like under the Study Reports Tools is "Graph Results by Treatment". When you click this button you can select the treatment you want to try and it will provide a graph showing the results of that treatment option. For example, I selected statins as a treatment option to lower LDL cholesterol and one of the graphs generated was Likelihood of Overall Survival. The graph plotted my risk over then next six years. This graphing tool is especially beneficial if you learn better through "seeing" versus "reading".
Are you confused by medical terms, such as angina and ischemic heart disease? An added bonus of the Health Profiler is a quick glossary where you can learn the terms as you go.
Lastly, let me point out the Medical Records Assistant. If you do not want to spend your time on the computer reading and answering questions, you can use the medical records assistant to print off all forms, complete the forms, and come back to the computer to input your answers. The Health Profiler "times out" and you'll have to log back in after a certain period of time. This may be especially beneficial if you have to deal with a dial-up connection.
Overall, the Health Profiler is a great tool to help you to make informed decisions regarding your heart health and the steps necessary to reduce your heart disease risk.
I'm passionate about helping you be heart healthy and lose weight, so you can live the life you want and enjoy your family for years to come. I invite you to sign-up for The Heart of Health ezine to receive regular heart health and weight loss tips and the free special report "Stop Wasting Money - Take Control of Your Health".
Published On: October 10, 2008