What is heart disease?
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease includes a variety of health conditions (like heart attack and stroke) that occur when plaque builds up on the walls of arteries, making it harder for the heart to function properly.
Why focus on heart disease?
Heart disease accounts for one-third of all deaths in the United States. Additionally, healthcare costs related to cardiovascular disease account for billions of dollars in healthcare spending and lost productivity each year.
Additionally, according to the American Heart Association®, by the year 2035, 45% of American Adults will have at least 1 cardiovascular disease, further increasing the economic impact of the disease. While there are symptoms of heart disease, they often go unnoticed. Monitoring blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels on a yearly basis helps employees recognize their heart disease risk, and encourage healthy behaviors.
Screen for Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic Syndrome is a condition defined by 5 risk factors. When someone has 3 of the 5 risk factors, he or she has Metabolic Syndrome, and a higher chance of developing heart disease and other costly chronic conditions.
Connect to care with PHIS
Physician Health Information Sessions (PHIS) give participants the chance to ask questions about out of range results, as well as find an in-network provider to help them improve their heart health and manage heart disease risk.
Reduce healthcare spending
An employee with heart disease costs their employer $1,119 more per year in insurance spend than a healthy employee. Reducing the prevalence of heart disease through population health management can lead to major cost savings.