February 05, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – February is when hearts take center stage. And that should be especially true for employers, according to Johnette van Eeden, CEO of Star Wellness USA, the Dallas/Fort Worth-based franchise that provides healthcare screening and monitoring services for more than 200 businesses, local governments and organizations in more than 20 states.
With Heart Health month comes a reminder that medical conditions related to heart disease and stroke cost businesses billions of dollars each year in absenteeism and increased healthcare costs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one million Americans suffer a heart attack each year and one in every three deaths is related to stroke or heart disease.
"The good news is that there are simple steps employers can take to help employees decrease their chance of heart disease," van Eeden said.
Among those steps are:
"The key to controlling heart disease is early detection, because many employees do not realize they are at risk until they start experiencing symptoms," van Eeden said. "Screening has become much more sophisticated thanks to advances in imaging technology and blood testing that offers more accurate assessments than methods of even a few years ago."
She recommends that every wellness program include regular screenings of all risk factors for Metabolic Syndrome at a minimum, with additional testing such as Hemoglobin A1c, The VAP Test, TSH, Homocysteine, and/or C-reactive protein as appropriate.
More information on services provided by Star Wellness as well as franchise opportunities can be found at StarWellnessUSA.com or by calling 800-685-5572.