Monday, September 15, 2014

Million Hearts in Colorado: Putting Your Job Into Your Heart?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for one in three deaths in the United States each year. In the workplace setting, CVD can be addressed through Total Worker Health, a program integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance health and well-being. Coronary heart disease or stroke (CHD/stroke) account for the majority of deaths from cardiovascular disease. 

A new CDC analysis found that overall, 1.9% of employed adults aged <55 years reported a history of CHD/stroke, compared with 2.5% of unemployed adults looking for work, and 6.3% of adults not in the labor force. After adjusting for sex and age, workers in service and blue collar occupations, and those employed in two industries, Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services and Accommodation and Food Service, had significantly higher prevalence of CHD/stroke.

There are may reasons for differences in rates of CHD/stroke among different occupations. Workers in the industry and occupation categories with increased risk for CHD/stroke might especially benefit from a Total Worker Health approach. Such an approach could integrate control of known occupational CHD/stroke risk factors with health promotion activities. Clinicians should consider the potentially increased risk for CHD/stroke in their working-age patients and take occupation and industry into account when developing prevention and treatment plans.

Read CDC's analysis HERE.

Colorado participates in the Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. You can participate too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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