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Document ID (ISN)110126
CIS number 09-1058
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Yoo H.L., Franke W.D.
Title Prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors in volunteer firefighters
Bibliographic information Aug. 2009, Vol.51, No.8, p.958-962. Illus. 27 ref.
Abstract To assess the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and frequency of risk screening in volunteer firefighters, data were obtained by means of questionnaires from 230 volunteer firefighters. Most participants were either overweight (35%) or obese (41%) and did not know either their blood lipid (86%) or blood pressure (47%) values. Only 35% reported having had a blood lipid assessment in the past year, whereas 39% had never done so; 93% had had their blood pressure assessed in the past year and only 2% had never done so. Thirty percent reported currently using tobacco. The prevalence of overweight, obesity and tobacco use among these volunteer firefighters was higher than that found in the general population. However, those who had had recent blood pressure and lipid assessments did not have markedly elevated values. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; cardiovascular diseases; voluntary workers; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; USA; lipids; smoking; state of health; obesity; body weight; blood pressure; cross-sectional study; determination in blood; medical examinations; frequency rates; personal hygiene
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Fires
Cardiovascular diseases