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Consumer Reports Magazine

May 2017
May 2017

Cover Story

Who Really Needs Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Drugs
The latest medical thinking on who should be taking these medications—and who can skip them
Take Charge of Your Heart Health
When it comes to preventing and treating heart disease, you have more control than you might think

Why Hospitals Need to Share Heart Surgery Success Rates
Consumers deserve full transparency about the performance of the hospitals they choose
Best Hospitals for Congenital Heart Disease
What to do if your baby needs heart surgery
The Dangers of Too Many Heart Tests
When do you really need to be screened for heart disease, and with which tests?
The Healing Power of a Heart-Healthy Diet
More plants and healthy fats, less meat and sugar is the doctor-recommended plan for a longer life
Slowing Down the Rush to Open Heart Surgery
Smart questions you can ask to make informed choices
Understanding the Stages of Heart Disease
High blood pressure can eventually progress to heart failure, but lifestyle changes will help you reverse course
Women More Likely to Survive Heart Attack If Treated by a Female Doctor, Study Shows
Why symptoms are sometimes missed in women—and what you can do to protect yourself

Special Report

Air Ambulances: Taking Patients for a Ride
For-profit air-ambulance companies too often pick up people who don’t need air transport—and leave families with huge bills that insurance won’t pay

How to Beat a Surprise Medical Bill
Even if it's an emergency and you have no choice over who treats you, it'll be a fight to get covered if a doctor is out of network
When It's Critical to Call an Ambulance
If it's not a true emergency, your insurance company might not cover the cost


A New Twist on Pasta
Can penne made from chickpeas or fusilli made from lentils taste as good as the traditional stuff­—and be healthier? We fork over our findings.
Solving Family Money Fights
Conversations with people you love about money concerns can get awkward and tense pretty fast. Here, experts share advice about how to navigate these flare-ups and still leave everyone on sound financial footing.

Tastiest Ways to Top Legume Pastas
Give red sauce a rest and try these creative ideas instead
Tough Money Talks: Newlyweds and Nearlyweds
What do you say when your spouse doesn't want to share finances? Or person you're about to marry has scary-high student debt?
How to Handle Sticky Money Fights With Siblings
Collecting a loan? Dealing fairly with an inherited family home? You'll need tact, tactics, and maybe professional help.
What to Say When an Adult Child Needs Money Help
Whether it's ensuring he finds a job or finds funds for education, use tough love and sensitivity
What to Do When a Spouse Risks Family Finances
How to get constructive conversation going with a partner whose behavior threatens your combined assets
When Your Elderly Parent Needs to Give Up Control of Her Finances, What Do You Say to Her?
Here's how to begin to take the reins yourself, or hand them to a qualified professional
Best Whole Wheat Pastas
It can be healthier than regular pasta, and the taste can be surprisingly similar

Product Updates

Electric Lawn Mowers That Rival Gas Models
Battery-powered push mowers finally have the muscle to take top scores in Consumer Reports' tests
Don't Pick an Interior Paint by Price Alone
We run 3,000 tests on 132 cans of paint—so you can choose the right one for your home.
How to Shoot Great Video
Digital cameras, action cams, and smartphones are very portable and let you capture high-quality footage in a variety of settings

Find the Right Lawn Mower Type for Your Yard
Is a battery-run mower right for you? When is a riding mower justified? Consumer Reports breaks it down for you.
It's Okay to Skip the Primer When You Paint
Self-priming paints will do the trick most of the time
Image Stabilization Can Take the Shake Out of Your Shots
This built-in technology can improve the quality of your video. Here’s how to choose the version that’s best for you.
When to Call a Painting Contractor
Sometimes it's worth paying a pro to get the smooth look and details you want
5 Ways to Save Money on a Paint Job
Tips from Consumer Reports' experts
5 Secrets to Great Paint Preparation
Even if you’re using a high-quality paint, the results will disappoint if the surface isn’t well-prepared
How Paint Colors Get Their Names
The naming process is less serendipitous and more strategic than you might think

Road Report

2017 Buick LaCrosse Review: Building on Tradition
The well-mannered LaCrosse delivers comfort, space, and a quality ride, all with a stylish new silhouette

2017 Lincoln Continental Review: A Cultivated Cruiser
The only thing old-fashioned about the all-new Continental is its name
2017 Nissan Armada Review: Voyage Back in Time
The redesign feels like a land yacht from another era
2017 Genesis G90 Review: High-End and Powerful
The G90 pulls into the fast lane during its debut, putting the whole luxury class on notice


From Our President: The Heart of the Matter
Consumer Reports shares its latest report on hospital performance and expert advice on good heart health
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace

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