Heart disease in the workplace
March 3, 2022 by Keely Knopp
While it may come as a surprise to some, heart disease can happen at any age, and it’s becoming more prevalent in America, costing nearly $330 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity each year. However, many risk factors for heart disease and stroke are not only treatable, but preventable. Helping your employees address these risk factors is not only good for their health, but also good for your business.
Heart-healthy employees save companies money, have better morale, miss less work, and are more productive than less healthy employees. Learn more about specific risk factors for heart disease below:
- High blood pressure. Millions of people in the United States have high blood pressure, and many are as young as 40 or 50. Regular check-ups can help identify an individual’s risk and, if necessary, begin treatment to control blood pressure.
- High cholesterol, diabetes and obesity are all conditions that can increase risk for heart disease. Those who fall into this category can lower their risk by eating a healthier diet and getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity a few times a week.
- Smoking cigarettes. Smoking is a leading cause of heart disease in Americans, with more than 35 million Americans counted as smokers and thousands more young people picking up the habit daily. Quitting or cutting down is highly recommended when looking to lower an individual’s risk of heart disease.
To discuss adding wellness programs like diabetes and cholesterol screenings and smoking cessation to your company’s health programming, contact Mercy Occupational Medicine at 828-274-6707 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.