We all know heart disease is the silent killer, so we must be taking all the right steps to avoid it…right? According to a Cleveland Clinic survey, 68% of Americans are worried about dying from heart disease, but most people don’t know the basic numbers important for heart health. The study goes on to state that 46% of those surveyed knew their bank account balance, but only 18% could state their body mass index (BMI) and only 38% knew their blood pressure. This shows that while people are aware of the risks of heart disease, they are simply not doing enough to know their own numbers and take the steps to work towards a healthier lifestyle.
Some key takeaways from the Cleveland Clinic study can be found below:
Most don’t know key measurements
- 60% don’t know a normal blood pressure reading is < 120 systolic and < 80 diastolic
- 59% mistakenly think knowing your heart rate helps you calculate heart disease risk.
- 88% don’t realize cholesterol screening should start between ages 18-24
- 51% mistakenly think triglycerides are a form of cholesterol
- 75% are unaware that HDL cholesterol is your “good” cholesterol
- 48% don’t realize your LDL “bad” cholesterol helps gauge heart disease risk
We don’t fully grasp the risk factors
- 77% of Americans don’t know a BMI of 25+ means you’re overweight
- 71% don’t know your fasting glucose level impacts heart disease risk
- 73% don’t realize the leading cause of death from diabetes is heart disease
- 54% don’t realize waist circumference can affect your heart disease risk.
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In summary, Americans understand that they are at serious risk for heart disease, but are not doing enough to educate themselves on the subject matter. Americans need to take better control of their health by educating themselves. The first step towards prevention is education. Once we understand our numbers, we can begin to take the necessary steps to get those numbers within the right ranges or keep them there if already healthy.
As heart health becomes more prevalent in the workplace with rising healthcare costs, employers are looking for ways to get their employees engaged in wellness. Biometric screenings are a perfect tool for employers to use to get employees easy access to their heart health information. Once a screening is completed, personalized goals can be set to lead the way to a healthier journey. To learn more about these programs, Contact Us!