Workplace Wellness Insights: It’s American Heart Month – What You Need to Know About Heart Disease

Each month, we send out our RK Healthy Workforce wellness newsletter. In it, we provide health and wellness tips for your work and life. February is American Heart Month and we have outlined some helpful preventative actions as well as tips to identify the symptoms of heart disease so that you can stay proactive in managing your health and life. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, causing about 647,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heart disease is also an extremely expensive disease—costing the United States about $207 billion annually in health care, medications and lost productivity.

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a term used to refer to several different types of heart conditions. Out of all the different conditions, coronary artery disease—caused by plaque buildup in the walls of the heart’s arteries—is the most common.

What are the Symptoms of Heart Disease?

The symptoms of heart disease can vary, and some people may not even know they have a heart condition until they have a heart attack. Common signs and symptoms of heart disease include shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations, weakness and fatigue.

Is Heart Disease Preventable?

In many cases, heart disease can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and properly managing health conditions. American Heart Month, organized by the American Heart Association (AHA), is designed to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. Here are tips that may help prevent heart disease:

  • Refrain from smoking.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Limit your sodium intake.
  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Manage your stress.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.

If you are concerned about your risk of developing heart disease or would like to find out more information about the condition, visit the AHA’s website and contact your primary care physician.

Our monthly wellness newsletter also provides healthy recipes, seasonal tips and other valuable resources. In February 2020, other topics include:

  • A Cold Is Contagious for Longer Than You’d Think
  • Ginger Quinoa with Green Beans Recipe
  • Ergonomics Is the Way to a Pain-free Workday

If you would like to receive this newsletter in your email each month, contact your R&K client manager. Also, check back with us next month for more workplace wellness insights.

Rose & Kiernan, Inc. offers workplace wellness support through our signature platform RKHealthy Workforce. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us here or by calling (800) 242-4433.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

workplace wellness programs
Workplace Wellness Insights: 5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Daily Mental Health

Workplace wellness programs are employer-sponsored programs designed to promote long-term employee health while reducing total insurance spend. We share a monthly wellness newsletter with insights to support your wellness strategy.

Read More

workplace wellness programs
Workplace Wellness Insights: Beware of New Fad Diets

Workplace wellness programs are employer-sponsored programs designed to promote long-term employee health while reducing total insurance spend. We share a monthly wellness newsletter with insights to support your wellness strategy.

Read More

healthy living incentives
Low-Cost Workplace Wellness Strategies: Nutrition Programs for Healthy Eating and Portion Control

Incentives for healthy living are a trend to watch, including strategies that encourage employees to practice healthy eating and portion control.

Read More