Heart-Healthy Environments

This page covers the following topics:

  • Overview
  • Signs of a Heart Attack
  • Signs of a Stroke
  • Heart Disease Prevention: What You Can Do
  • Preventing and Treating Certain Medical Conditions
  • Tips for a Heart-Healthy Workplace
  • Additional Information

Overview

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year—one in every four deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.

The costs to employers of heart disease are significant. According to the CDC, four of the ten most expensive health conditions for U.S. employers—high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, and chest pain—are related to heart disease and stroke. Productivity losses linked to employees who miss work cost employers $225.8 billion, or $1,695 per employee, each year. 

Creating a heart-healthy workplace involves recognizing heart attack and stroke signs and symptoms, in addition to specific measures designed to increase heart health.


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