We’ve been making the case for years that simple health screenings give people powerful information about their health—information that can jumpstart meaningful lifestyle changes. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal shows how much impact a single test can make.
As it turns out, measuring a person’s resting heart rate (and what could be simpler?) can give physicians an important predictor of heart attack. Previous studies had established the correlation among men, but this study was the first to focus on women. A resting heart rate of more than 76 beats per minute (versus 62 beats per minute or less) suggested that the woman was 26 percent more likely to have a heart attack or die from heart disease.
For corporate health professionals, we think the lesson is clear: helping employees monitor their health can be inexpensive and painless—and the benefits are enormous.
It's what we've been saying all along!