Americans Put Their Health At Risk By Overlooking Underlying Vital Health Measures

(Medical News Today)  The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) released results from the inaugural Vital Health Report, which demonstrate that Americans associate good health with lifestyle behaviors and habits, but overlook their key Vital Health measures (e.g. cholesterol, body mass index, blood pressure, disease screenings), some of the true indicators of overall health. The report further reveals that Americans believe they know more about their Vital Health than they actually do.

“Every day in hospitals and health centers across the country, anesthesiologists see how the Vital Health of patients directly and profoundly affects surgical outcomes and long-term well-being,” said John Dombrowski, M.D., American Society of Anesthesiologists. “As the physicians responsible for safeguarding the health of patients when it matters most, we are urging all Americans to improve their Vital Health by monitoring Vital Health measures, which play a key role in their overall wellness and positive medical outcomes.”

The Vital Health Report is based on a survey of over 1,000 Americans that examined their knowledge, attitudes, awareness and behaviors associated with health and wellness. Vital Health is defined as how effectively a person maintains a healthy lifestyle, including the monitoring of his or her vital measures, and how that impacts wellness and positive medical outcomes.

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