Consumer Reports releases heart health guide

| 7/18/2003

Consumer Reports on Health recently released its first “Guide to a Healthy Heart,” which the magazine describes as an unbiased, independent tool designed to enable readers to make informed choices and take control of their heart health.

Anything that could help reduce heart problems could benefit truckers. John Siebert, project manager at the OOIDA Foundation, said that “of all the reported deaths of members, heart attacks are by far the most numerous listed.” Of the truckers included in Siebert’s informal survey, 37 percent died as a result of heart failure.

Cardiovascular disease is also the most common cause of death in the United States and an astonishing number of people live with it every day.

“Guide to a Healthy Heart” recommends lifestyle changes that can result in lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and avoidance of drugs for many people. A bonus prescription drug guide discusses the pros and cons of blood pressure and cholesterol drugs for those who must take medication. One highlight of the book is the heart-attack risk test, which helps readers assess their chances of having a heart attack.

The 60-page book includes a number of charts on a variety of topics, from how to calculate body mass index for losing weight, to measuring anger for lowering hostility, to details on drugs used to treat heart failure.

For information about the “Guide to a Healthy Heart,” visit or call 1-800-500-9760 and provide these numbers:  #P699, 404855.

By René Tankersley, feature editor

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