The ultimate goal of implementing biometric screenings as a part of an employee health management program is to reduce health risks, improve health status, reduce health care costs, and improve the productivity and performance of the workplace.
Testing and recording blood pressure during a biometric screening can help identify risk factors for disease. According to the American Heart Association, your blood pressure rises with each heartbeat and falls when your heart relaxes between beats. Your pulse rate and blood pressure are closely related as nerves and hormones are always monitoring and balancing each other.
Measuring blood pressure and heart rate determine two different elements of health. While your blood pressure and heart rate do often rise and fall together, it is not always the standard. Your blood pressure may not necessarily rise if your heart rate rises. This can be an indication of dehydration or infection. Additionally, high blood pressure is usually more dangerous than a high heart rate.
Blood pressure is recorded as two numbers: systolic is the top number which measures the pressure in the arteries when your heart beats, and diastolic is the bottom number which measures pressure in your arteries between heartbeats. A normal blood pressure is less than 120/80.
Your pulse rate, or heart rate, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Your pulse rate can be checked on your wrist, inside your elbow, on the side of your neck, or on top of your foot. A normal resting pulse rate is between 60-100 beats per minute.
Being active and establishing a routine that includes 15-30 minutes of moderate daily exercise, such as a brisk walk, can help reduce blood pressure and support a health pulse rate. Even moderate activity has benefits that can help you live a longer, healthier life.
The benefits to tracking your health progress over time is to be able to evaluate your physical fitness and nutrition to be able to improve if needed. Your physician may want to continue to monitor your blood pressure and pulse rate since both indicate different factors of heart health. Your employee wellness plan provides more insight to these benefits.