Employees vastly underestimating cardiovascular risks: Report

Health-risk assessments show cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes risks
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2014

With the holidays over, many people have returned to work a little worse for wear. But employees may want to reconsider those extra servings of turkey and gravy in the future, judging by a Canadian report.

In conducting a wellness screening program at a Canadian equipment company, health-care services provider Medisys Corporate Health found many of the 893 participants did not know or understand their cardiovascular health risks.

Cholesterol risk was underestimated by 258 per cent, hypertension by 58 per cent and diabetes by 76 per cent, found Medisys, which distributed health-risk questionnaires along with performing blood tests and taking each participant’s height, weight and blood pressure.