4 posts tagged “cholesterol”

A Peek at the February Newsletter for Members

Posted February 27th, 2012 by

What kinds of things do we cover in our monthly newsletters for members? Take a look at the excerpt below from our February edition. Also, in case you didn’t know, anyone – whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not – can view our current and past newsletters in our Newsletter Archive. See what we’ve been up to recently, and if you are member who’s not opted in to the newsletter, sign up today.

MONTHLY MUSINGS

Ever feel like you’re so busy seeing specialists that it’s easy to forget about your annual physical?  In addition to checking up on your overall health, an “annual” is a great time to monitor your blood work – such as cholesterol and Vitamin D levels – which you can now record on your PatientsLikeMe profile.  It’s also a good opportunity to discuss any new concerns with your primary care physician (PCP).

But with only a few minutes with your PCP and a whole year’s worth of health matters to cover, it can be hard to remember what’s happened between visits, and even harder to get to everything that’s important. Fortunately, your printable and customizable Doctor Visit Sheet (DVS) can help.  Bring this complete record with you to jog your memory and get your doctor updated quickly.

You Can Even Email Your Doctor Visit Sheet to Your Care Team Before Your Appointment

The DVS now includes your InstantMe history along with all the helpful notes you’ve made about things like treatment changes and new or repeat symptoms.  Bottom line: the more you use InstantMe, the more details you’ll have about how you’ve been feeling – and why.

Are you due for an “annual”?  Customize and print your DVS here.

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PUTTING THE “INSTANT” IN INSTANTME

A Screenshot of the InstantMe Survey (Which Asks "How Are You Feeling?") on Your Smartphone

Did you know there’s a mobile version of InstantMe that’s now available for iPhone, iPad and, most recently, Android users? We hope it’s a convenient way to record how you’re feeling on the go – whether you’re in the line at the store or watching your child’s soccer game.  Stay tuned as we continue to improve Mobile InstantMe in 2012.


How’s Your HDL and LDL?

Posted September 28th, 2011 by

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, which means it’s a good time to find out your total cholesterol levels as well as your HDL (“good” cholesterol) and LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels. Have you had them checked in the last five years?

Cholesterol Levels Can Be Tested by Having Blood Work Done at Your Doctor's Office

More than 102 million Americans have a total cholesterol level at or above 200 mg/dL, which is beyond healthy levels, and more than 35 million of those individuals have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at high risk of heart disease. That’s a major concern given that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Fortunately, high cholesterol can be lowered with lifestyle changes – including losing weight, eating healthier, exercising and quitting smoking – as well as medication. But to start turning things around, you have to know there’s a problem. Even children and adolescents can have high cholesterol, especially if they are overweight.

Here at PatientsLikeMe, 335 patients report hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) while 235 patients report hyperlipidemia (high lipids in the blood, including cholesterol and triglycerides.) Across both conditions, some of the top reported medications include Simvastatin, Atorvastatin, Pravastatin and Rosovastatin.

If you’re unsure of your cholesterol levels, talk to your doctor at your next visit. And if you’re already aware that your levels are high, reach out to other patients like you today at PatientsLikeMe. Changing your lifestyle isn’t easy, but it’s easier when you have a community to lean on for support, answers and advice.