Heart Health – A Patient’s Right
Each patient is an unique individual. Therefore, a regimen of treatment that works excellently for one patient with a certain heart condition may not necessarily produce the same effects on another patient, even if they have been diagnosed with the same problem.
Physicians recognize that and therefore tailor their treatment to the specific body requirements, tolerance levels, and health needs of each patient. Modern physicians usually involve their patients in the planning of their own treatment. They recognize the patients’ right, not only to know the why’s and how’s of their treatment, but also to make suggestions on the modality of their treatment. This is especially true in the diet and exercise aspects of treatment.
These are what physicians might ask their patients to do. First, write down or tell the doctor everything you feel or observe in yourself. This is very important because you as the patient are the one who knows exactly what you are feeling, and the doctor can only base his diagnosis and treatment on what you tell him.
Then, when the physician gives his diagnosis and prescribes treatment, tell him what you think about it.
Do you think the doctor has assessed your condition thoroughly?
Do you agree with the recommended treatment?
If there is anything you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to ask. You have a right to know everything; after all, it’s your body and your health that is being talked about. If you feel you should seek a second opinion, go ahead. Your doctor knows that is your right.
Here are some things to look at when you assess your own health condition and treatment needs — your body weight and how it compares with the acceptable levels considering your age and gender; and your level of activity, or inactivity, again comparing it with the level that’s ideal for your age and gender. These will give you an idea at the outset as to what kind of a diet program and exercise program you will need.
You can plan your own diet and exercise program, or find one suited to you from health magazines or from online health sites. Before you embark on the program, however, consult your doctor. Your doctor will tell you if, considering your heart condition, these programs will be good for you. Then monitor your progress as you follow the program, and inform your doctor from time to time. Remember, you have the first right to your health and body; but you also have the foremost responsibility.