Screening for heart disease – why your organization should care

19 July 2019

Organizations that have healthier employees are more successful, productive and have less employee turnover. There are also less incidents of disability claims. It makes good business sense to invest in your employee’s health. One way you can do that is with health screening and education.


According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, heart disease is the leading cause of premature death of women in Canada and Statistics Canada says it’s the second leading cause of death. Heart problems are often overlooked and are a major cause for concern.


Warning signs for heart disease


Some of the most common signs of heart disease and signs that are sometimes mistaken for other health issues are:


  • Pressure, heaviness and discomfort in the back, jaw, throat or arm.
  • Pain in the chest, arm or below the breastbone.
  • Fullness, indigestion or a choking feeling (similar to heartburn).
  • Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness.


Screening for heart disease


The first thing employees need to be is aware. That happens through education. Then we can begin the screening process. There are many different ways to screen for heart disease and the method used depends on what type of heart disease is suspected. Some possible screening options include:


  • Stress tests
  • Holter monitoring
  • Echocardiogram
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • A cardiac computerized tomography scan or CT scan


Prevention of heart disease


Healthy eating and exercise are critical to reducing heart disease. Being smoke free and limiting alcohol use can also help. Education within your organization is also needed to make your employees aware of the warning signs and to test for the disease.


It is also not necessarily easy to exercise when you are working long hours or have a job that requires you to sit most of the day. Our health coaching can provide options for employees who are looking for ways to improve their health within their current occupation.


How can I implement health screening and early detection in my organization to prevent heart disease?


Since we offer customized mobile health solutions right to your businesses door-step, we make it easy to promote health within your workplace.


Our team of experienced healthcare professionals can offer everything from health screening and coaching to chronic disease management, to medication management and we can even provide your employees personal support if they are currently caring for a loved one with health challenges.


If you are interested in implementing a customized corporate wellness program within your organization, get in touch with us today!


Join us next week when we talk about cancer and how early detection and health screening can often prevent this horrible disease.