Vital Health and You




As the physicians responsible for safeguarding the health of patients when it counts most, anesthesiologists are at the very center of America’s Vital Health. Every day in hospitals and health centers across the country, anesthesiologists see how the Vital Health of their patients directly and profoundly affects surgical and pain treatment outcomes.

Anesthesiologists are encouraging all Americans to actively manage their Vital Health. This means being aware of your Vital Health and taking action to protect it. This information sheet is an important first step. But while it provides some helpful information, it should not be considered a replacement for active consultation with your doctor.

Take the first step to improving your Vital Health by using the Know Your Vital Health Tool. After answering a series of health-related questions, you’ll receive a customized, anonymous health evaluation with suggested next steps.

Learn more about taking control of your own Vital Health and living a healthy lifestyle:

How Age is Relevant to Your Vital Health

Anesthesia and Younger Adults- (18-40)

Anesthesia and Middle Age Adults (41-60)

Know More About Certain Health Conditions

Allergies and Hay Fever



Heart Disease

Know Your Blood Pressure and Manage this Vital Health Score

Blood Pressure

Stress Management and Vital Health

About Stress Management

Annual Physical Helps Maintain Vital Health

Regular Check Ups Stave Off Nasty Surprises

Changing Lifestyle Habits

Changing Lifestyle Habits: Exercise

Changing Lifestyle Habits: Alcohol Intake

Changing Lifestyle Habits: Weight Management

Changing Lifestyle Habits: Dietary Supplements

>> Changing Lifestyle Habits: Diet

>> Changing Lifestyle Habits: Blood Pressure

>> Changing Lifestyle Habits: Oral Hygiene

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What is Anesthesiology

Total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery.


Anesthesia Topics Quick Links

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Smoking and Surgery
Learn why stopping smoking before surgery can have an impact on your outcome.

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In Case of Emergency

Download, print, fill out, and keep this checklist. It just may save your life.


Come Prepared

Ask your anesthesiologist questions about what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.


The ASA does not employ physician anesthesiologists on staff and cannot respond to patient inquiries regarding specific medical conditions or anesthesia administration. Please direct any questions related to anesthetics, procedures or treatment outcomes to the patient’s anesthesiologist or general physician.