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Risky Business: New Survey Suggests Many Americans Live Dangerously, Even When They Say They Aren't 'Risk Takers'
Date:9/22/2008

elopment at Bayer Healthcare. "We hope this latest survey report -- as well as the ongoing efforts of organizations such as the World Heart Federation, the AHA, the AMA, and other health organizations worldwide -- encourages and increases discussion between physicians and appropriate patients regarding the importance of preventive lifestyle changes and proven risk-reduction therapies that include low-dose aspirin therapy."

The survey was part of a global project that included 10 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia (Canada, United States, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, South Korea, and Japan) conducted by GMI and sponsored by Bayer HealthCare LLC.

Survey Outcomes -- Comparing Health Risks and Risks of Daily Living

Americans view a variety of routine activities associated with daily living as moderately or highly risky (i.e., having a moderate to high likelihood of a negative consequence) including not wearing a seat belt (85 percent), throwing paperwork with personal information in the trash (85 percent), and talking on a cell phone while driving (84 percent). While the vast majority of respondents act to reduce risks associated with not wearing a seat belt (81 percent wear a seat belt regularly), 28 percent regularly or occasionally throw personal information in the trash, and 41 percent admit to regularly or occasionally talking on a cell phone while driving.

When it comes to activities or behaviors related to health risks, even though 92 percent feel smoking or using tobacco is moderately to highly risky, 22 percent of respondents still use tobacco regularly (with an additional five percent occasionally). Other notable actions associated with taking health risks included:

-- Forgetting to take prescribed medications overall: 12 percent regularly or occasionally

-- Forgetting to take prescribed blood pressure or cholesterol medication: 21 percent regularly or occasionally

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