Cardiovascular risk screening of volunteer firefighters

Wolkow, Alexander, Netto, Kevin, Langridge, Peter, Green, Jeff, Nichols, David, Sergeant, Michael and Aisbett, Brad 2013, Cardiovascular risk screening of volunteer firefighters, in Proceedings of Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2012 Conference Research Forum, Bushfire CRC, [Perth, W.A.], pp. 170-184.

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Title Cardiovascular risk screening of volunteer firefighters
Author(s) Wolkow, Alexander
Netto, Kevin
Langridge, Peter
Green, Jeff
Nichols, David
Sergeant, Michael
Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad
Conference name Bushfire CRC & AFAC. Conference Research Forum (2012 : Perth, Western Australia)
Conference location Perth, Western Australia
Conference dates 28 Aug. 2012
Title of proceedings Proceedings of Bushfire CRC & AFAC 2012 Conference Research Forum
Editor(s) Thornton, R.P.
Wright, L.J.
Publication date 2013
Start page 170
End page 184
Total pages 15
Publisher Bushfire CRC
Place of publication [Perth, W.A.]
Keyword(s) Cardiovascular disease
risk factors
Summary Background: The work demands involved in firefighting place significant stress on the cardiovascular system. This study investigated the application of the AHA/ACSM Health/Fitness Facility Preparticipation Screening Questionnaire in volunteer Country Fire Brigade (CFA) firefighters. Methods: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors were measured in 3777 CFA firefighters and entered into a modified version of the American Heart Association (AHA)/ACSM Health/Fitness Facility Preparticipation Screening Questionnaire to stratify individuals as low, moderate or high risk. Results: Just over half (50.8%) of female and more than two thirds (68.2%) of male CFA firefighters were classified as moderate risk. The questionnaire further stratified 2.6% of female and 5.2% of male CFA firefighters as high risk while the remaining 46.6% and 26.6% of female and male firefighters, respectively, were classified as low risk. Conclusion: The majority of firefighters screened were at moderate risk and therefore, would be advised by AHA/ACSM guidelines to undertake and pass a detailed medical examination and a medically supervised exercise test prior to initiating vigorous intensity physical activity. However, considering the financial and practical implications (e.g., reduced emergency response capacity) the introduction of mandatory screening may cause, fire agencies should focus screening for high risk personnel only, while promoting agency wide CVD health education.
Language eng
Field of Research 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Socio Economic Objective 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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