The Most Common Heart Diseases and How On-Site Employee Screening Can Identify Them
Every year, roughly 610,000 people die from heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and many people do not know they could be the next victim. Screening for common risk factors is one of the best ways to educate individuals about their chances of being diagnosed with a heart condition. With on-site employee screening, you can advocate for employee wellness and protect your company at the same time.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a generic term that covers many different cardiovascular conditions and is often referred to as the “silent killer.” Most people do not have any symptoms of an underlying problem until it is too late, which is why it is vital to get screened for potential issues before they become life-threatening. Some forms of heart disease include:
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease occurs when an individual experiences a buildup of plaque in the arteries, resulting in decreased blood flow to the heart. Plaque is made of fatty materials, calcium, proteins, and inflammatory cells. The more plaque inside the arteries, the less blood the heart gets. In some cases, plaque buildup eventually ruptures, forming a blood clot. This clot may travel to the heart, resulting in a heart attack.
A heart attack happens when a blood clot cuts off the flow of blood to the heart. Heart attack symptoms usually include chest pain or pressure; discomfort in the jaw, shoulder, or arm; nausea, vomiting, or anxiety; and rapid, irregular heartbeats. Getting emergency treatment during a heart attack is critical for survival.
Strokes are very similar to heart attacks, except the blockage is in the brain and not the heart. A stroke may happen suddenly or occur over a few hours. Symptoms include sudden numbness, tingling, or weakness especially on one side of the body, vision changes, trouble with speech, difficulty walking, and headache. As with a heart attack, quick treatment is vital for someone experiencing a stroke.
Hypertension, often referred to as chronic “high blood pressure,” leads to many life-threatening heart-related conditions. It occurs when the heart must pump harder than normal to overcome narrow arteries in the body. High blood pressure is not something that is felt, so in general, this condition has no symptoms associated with it. This makes it especially dangerous. Routine screening is usually the only way to identify this problem.
Other less common forms of heart disease can include:
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Aortic aneurysm
- Acute coronary syndrome
Are Your Employees at Risk?
Health screening services, including on-site tests, are the best way to assess the heart health of your employees. Company health screening does not have to be complex or costly, and the benefits go far beyond the office. Simple preventative measures such as blood pressure and cholesterol testing, body mass index assessment, and lifestyle counseling can mean the difference between life and death for many individuals.
Hanson Medical Systems, Inc. provides on-site testing and education through services such as health fairs, point-of-care diagnostics, and mobile health clinics. While some factors of heart disease, such as age and genetics, greatly influence our chance of being diagnosed with this condition, many key factors such as weight, diet, physical activity, and lifestyle choices can easily be controlled. We can help your employees identify their personal risks, and provide them with the necessary information they need to make changes today.
Don’t forget, healthy employees are cost-effective employees. With less sick or disability time used, and lower rates of premature death, your company can save substantially on healthcare costs and productivity losses. Health screening promotion not only opens the eyes of your employees and educates them about their health, it is a smart investment for business too. Protect your workforce from heart disease today with on-site employee screening.