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Document ID (ISN)101927
CIS number 03-680
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Soteriades E.S., Kales S.N., Liarokapis D., Christoudias S.G., Tucker S.A., Christiani D.C.
Title Lipid profile of firefighters over time: Opportunities for prevention
Bibliographic information Sep. 2002, Vol.44, No.9, p.840-846. Illus. 34 ref.
Abstract Heart disease is the primary cause of on-duty deaths in firefighters, but little is known about their lipid profile. In this study, the lipid profile was evaluated in relation to other cardiovascular disease risk factors in 321 firefighters at a baseline examination. Comparisons were performed for 285 of these firefighters four years later. The average cholesterol level declined from 224mg/dL to 214mg/dL. Conversely, both obesity (body mass index ≥30) and triglycerides (≥200mg/dL) increased over time. The proportion of firefighters taking lipid-lowering medications increased from 3% to 12%. Despite the declines in cholesterol levels and increases in treatment rates, a considerable number of firefighters had persistently elevated cholesterol, and only a minority were receiving adequate treatment.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; cardiovascular diseases; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) fatty acid esters and salts; lipids; cholesterol; body weight; long-term study; medical prevention and treatment; obesity
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Fires
Cardiovascular diseases