Should employers worry about hypertension in the workplace?

Hypertension, or the increased pressure in the walls of the blood vessels, is among the most common health concerns in the country today. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 3 adults in the U.S., or 67 million Americans, suffer from high blood pressure.

There are many different factors that may contribute towards the development of this condition: stress at work, tobacco use, an underlying medical condition, and/or a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately, hypertension may cause prolonged employee absence, and compromised concentration and work performance due to its accompanying symptoms.

Because an employees’ health directly affects the company’s well-being, it is very important for employers to have a proactive approach in keeping their workers’ blood pressure regulated. Setting up wellness programs for blood pressure management, as well as introducing workplace programs for stress reduction and smoking cessation, may all contribute towards a healthier and more productive workforce.

If you want to learn more about our onsite wellness programs, consult with our team at WorkSTEPS by calling (512) 617-4100 today.

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