Prevention Could Be the Key to Reducing Heart Attack Incidence Among Firefighters

December 2, 2014

In 2012, the U.S. Fire Administration reported that of the 82 firefighters who died on the job, 45 percent were the result of a cardiovascular event — more than any other cause. While no one doubts the emotional stress and physical strain firefighters endure, studies show that these deaths are actually the result of underlying heart disease, which can be prevented.

After studying 14 years worth of records from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), researcher Dr. Amna Zarar found that a lack of physical fitness was a major contributor in many of the firefighter deaths.
“The average BMI [body mass index] for firefighters who had a fatal cardiovascular event was 32,” said Zarar — well above the national average, which points to obesity as a risk factor.

Other risk factors indicated in the study included high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes. All of these risk factors are highly preventable, which indicates a program aimed at prevention and education could go a long way to save firefighters’ lives in the future.

A comprehensive program that promotes healthy lifestyle changes like FitRx in Brentwood, Tennessee is just the kind of intervention that could be lifesaving for these firefighters. For more information about how this program could change your life, please call 855-567-3537.

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