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Wellness Corporate Solutions Implements Updated Blood Pressure Classifications

Posted by Team WCS on 12.08.2017

Bethesda, Md., December 8, 2017 / Wellness Corporate Solutions (WCS), the award-winning provider of biometric screenings, health coaching, and comprehensive wellness programming, is transitioning to updated blood pressure classifications. The update is an immediate response to news from The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines, which announced revised guidelines for hypertension classifications in November 2017.

As a top-rated wellness provider, WCS adheres to rigorous standards and top-grade health accreditations throughout its service offerings. The new hypertension classifications and targets consist of updated blood pressure readings that qualify people for the Normal, Elevated, and Stage 1 and Stage 2 hypertension.

Prior to this update, hypertension was classified as a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. The new guideline classifies hypertension as a blood pressure reading of 130/80 mm Hg or higher.

“We’re committed to providing services that provide useful, actionable information for employers and employees,” said Susan Torroella, WCS Executive Vice President of Screening Services. “By updating our screenings and health education to match the most recent guidelines, we are making sure American workplaces are receiving the best, most up-to-date information when it comes to their health.”

While these updated guidelines will upgrade a significant number of people to a hypertension diagnosis, the goal of the new standard is to emphasize preventive measures. For most of the people with a Stage 1 Hypertension result, the treatment plan will be focused on lifestyle changes. WCS pairs its screening services with health education, and also offers state-of-the-art health coaching and comprehensive wellness programs.

“Our entire approach to corporate wellness is built around the idea that we can inspire healthy behavior change,” Torroella said. “We’ve never been more prepared to give employees the support they need to lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.”

WCS has already begun to transition all systems and wellness representatives over to the new guidelines, with a target of completing the transition in the first quarter of 2018.

According to the World Health Organization, hypertension is the single highest risk factor for death and disability. Along with hypertension, WCS screening services include full lipid panels, body composition analysis, and blood glucose testing, among other key health metrics.

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Wellness Corporate Solutions is a nationwide provider of comprehensive wellness programming and biometric screenings headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Since its founding in 2004, WCS has provided wellness services for more than 700 public- and private-sector clients, including Fortune 100 companies with more than 150,000 employees. To learn more, visit our website and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Wellness Corporate Solutions (WCS) is a leading provider of biometric screenings, health coaching, and comprehensive wellness programming. Our mission is to spread wellness in the workplace.