Truck Driver Heart Health Watch:
The Difference Between Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year – that’s one in every four deaths. Truck drivers, in particular, are at an increased risk of heart disease.
Truck drivers are especially at risk due to the demanding aspects of their jobs. Often, truck drivers sit for long hours at a time, don’t get enough sleep or exercise, and have a poor diet—all on top of facing high levels of stress. This combination has a significant and negative effect on the heart. In addition, furthering the stress on the heart is the fact that 7 in 10 truck drivers are obese* – just one more factor that increases the chance of heart disease.
For truck drivers especially, it’s critical to understand your own health issues and risks. OHC believes prevention is better than a cure. It’s important for truck drivers to maintain healthy heart habits, and part of having healthy habits is getting annual health exams.
Cardiac arrest and heart attack are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing and knowing the difference between the two can potentially be life-saving.