Cardiovascular Disease in the Fire Service

While the number of fire fighter on-duty fatalities have declined, the number of cardiac related on-duty fatalities remains unchanged. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the single most frequent cause of duty-related fatalities among fire fighters. This workshop will review actions affiliate leaders can take to (1) ensure healthcare providers understand the importance of elevated risk factors in the context of firefighting, (2) ensure the primary care physician understands the importance of elevated risk factors in the context of firefighting and (3) ensure their members who are cleared for duty understand that several risk factors for cardiovascular disease receive proper follow up.

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