Every year, more firefighters die in the line of duty because of heart attacks than any other cause.
Many volunteer first responders struggle with medical issues such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. We must be ready at a moment’s notice to battle very demanding emergencies, and it is critical that they be physically and mentally prepared for the job at hand.
The first step in preventing or overcoming heart-related medical conditions is to know your health. Follow your physician’s recommendations for physicals and health screenings, and make sure to tell your physician you are a first responder.
Educate yourself on various heart health risk factors, learn what you can do to minimize your them and take steps to improve your lifestyle with these articles and resources.