Heart Health Insights

We’re sharing trends Manulife identified in the drug and disability claims we process for heart-related conditions. We look at ways organizations can help influence their employees to become more knowledgeable about issues and behaviours related to good heart health.

With this report, we’re giving employers and their teams information they can use to make meaningful organizational health improvements. We're also building a new digital experience in partnership with Canadian tech scale up League, and collaborating with Aeroplan to offer a rewards program that offers points for health and benefits-related activities. Together these offerings show how we’re striving to be a true health partner for the Canadians we serve.

Introducing our report:

Cori is an advocate for mental health and women’s health issues. In her role as Manulife’s Assistant Vice-President of Disability Innovation and Integrity, she focuses on providing services and solutions to support people on their health recovery journey so that they can return to work.

Take a beat to think about your heart

In the 2 minutes it takes you to read this note, your heart will have beaten about 160 times.1 When all is well, a person might go days, weeks, or months without ever thinking about their heart and its essential role in sustaining life. But when things go wrong…

In my position with Manulife’s Disability organization, I see the effects that illness, injury, and accidents of all kinds can have on individuals and families. These events can be life changing, and often they mean that people’s plans and dreams must be put on hold – sometimes indefinitely.

Through the articles in this special report, planned to coincide with Heart Month, we’re sharing trends we’ve identified in the drug and disability claims we process for heart-related conditions. We look at ways organizations can help influence their employees to become more knowledgeable about issues and behaviours related to good heart health. As well, throughout the report, our Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Canada, offers valuable insights and helps put the spotlight on a few of the cardiovascular concerns that can be unique to women, including hypertension during pregnancy.

We’re pleased to be able to share our claims data trends with you, so that you can use the information to act in support of employee health and wellness. We also recognize the important work that’s being done all year round by organizations that plan and promote events such as Heart Month. These patient advocacy groups provide immeasurable service to Canadians through their research, education, and fundraising efforts.

I hope this special report is helpful to your organization, and equally useful to you as you pause for a beat to think about your own heart health.

From our report:

More young adults being treated for cardiovascular conditions

Recent Manulife drug claims data indicates that the prevalence of cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, among young individuals is on the rise.

Supporting women’s heart health in the workplace

Women’s cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of premature death in women in Canada. However, it doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves.

Blood pressure and other affairs of the heart

Blood pressure is an easily obtained vital sign that can give doctors valuable insight into a person’s current health and risks for future illness. It’s one of the ways your heart is trying to tell you something.