The evidence is pretty clear. First responders have higher occupational hazards with well-documented side effects. The taxing conditions of the professions – which are physically and emotionally demanding – also requires dangerous work, heavy uniforms, stress, smoke inhalation, dehydration, and gas and chemical exposure, among other things. In fact, the United States Fire Administration estimates that 47% of line-of-duty firefighter deaths are cardiac related, and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that police officers have the poorest cardiovascular disease profile of any occupation.
Because of this, Deborah Heart and Lung Center – with more than 30 years diagnosing and treating first responders – has designed an evidence-based cardiovascular and respiratory health assessment specifically tailored for fire fighters, emergency medical responders, and police and law enforcement personnel.
Know Your Risk Factors
Dr. Paula Seth, Medical Director of Deborah’s First Responder Health Assessment, knows that in addition to occupational hazards, many first responders also face lifestyle stresses.
“Many of our front line heroes juggle not only work-related risks, but also issues like smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, eating ‘on the run’ and hypertension,” she says. “These all add up to a recipe for disaster for emergency personnel.”
Dr. Seth points to the value of a baseline assessment specific for first responders as a step in the right direction.
“Deborah’s board certified cardiologists can do a thorough review of your risk factors through a complete health history, comprehensive physical, glucose and lipid profile, blood pressure, EKG, and pulmonary function test to get a complete picture of your individual health and job-related risks.”
She adds: “This confidential health assessment allows us to individually-tailor a wellness plan to guide you in the right direction.”
Care Close to Home
Dr. Seth notes that appointments are conveniently scheduled through the Deborah Specialty Physicians network in offices throughout Burlington and Ocean counties. “This allows for care close to home, but if needed, the vast resources of the world-renowned Deborah Heart and Lung Center are readily available.”
For more information visit www.DemandDeborah.org/first-responders-health-assessment or call toll free 833-227-3996.