Current health information
Current health information includes:
- Information that is needed in an emergency, such as whether you have a pacemaker or a stent or have hearing or vision problems.
- A list of your long-term (chronic) health problems, such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
- A list of the medicines you are taking. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, dietary and herbal supplements, and vitamins and minerals. For each medicine, give the name of the doctor who prescribed it, why you are taking it, how much you take, and any special instructions.
- A list of your allergies, including drug or food allergies.
Your medical history
Keep records of:
- Major health problems you've had in the past, such as pneumonia or broken bones, or problems with alcohol or drugs.
- A history of childbirth, if you're a woman. This includes how many children you've had and any miscarriages, cesarean sections, or abortions you've had.
- Your childhood and adulthood immunizations.
- Any health screening results, such as those for blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, and hearing.
- Any cancer screenings, such as Pap tests, mammograms, colonoscopy, and PSA (prostate-specific antigen) tests.
- Any surgeries or times you were in the hospital.
- Your hearing and vision checkups.
- Medicines you've used in the past.
Your family history
Keep records of major health problems in your family, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, or diabetes. To keep track of your family health history, use this form or go to the Surgeon General's family health portrait website at www.hhs.gov/familyhistory.
What should you keep with you?
Always carry these with you:
- Identification, such as a driver's license
- Who to call in an emergency
- The name and phone number of your primary doctor
- Your insurance card
- Your organ donor card, if you have one