You've probably seen your chart at your doctor's office. In fact, you may have charts at several doctors' offices. If you've been in the hospital, you have a chart there, too. To keep track of all this information, it's a good idea to keep your own records.

What kind of information would you put in a personal health record? You could start with

* Your name, birth date, blood type and emergency contact
* Date of last physical
* Dates and results of tests and screenings
* Major illnesses and surgeries, with dates
* A list of your medicines, dosages and how long you've taken them
* Any allergies
* Any chronic diseases
* Any history of illnesses in your family

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