Firefighters With Heart Problems Responding

June 2005
Fire Chief;Jun2005, Vol. 49 Issue 6, p15
Trade Publication
The article reports the findings of a survey on the death of firefighters with heart problems in the United States. According to a 10-year study of sudden cardiac deaths of American firefighters by the National Fire Protection Association, about half of the firefighters who died of heart attacks had known heart conditions, and about 75% had heart conditions that simple medical testing could have detected. According to the study of firefighter line-of-duty deaths from 1995 to 2004, 440 firefighters--43.7% of those who died on the job--experienced sudden cardiac death, typically triggered by stress or exertion.


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