Coronary heart disease risk in volunteer firefighters in Victoria, Australia

Wolkow, Alexander, Netto, Kevin, Langridge, Peter, Green, Jeff, Nichols, David, Sergeant, Michael and Aisbett, Brad 2014, Coronary heart disease risk in volunteer firefighters in Victoria, Australia, Archives of environmental and occupational health, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 112-120, doi: 10.1080/19338244.2012.750588.

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Title Coronary heart disease risk in volunteer firefighters in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Wolkow, Alexander
Netto, Kevin
Langridge, Peter
Green, Jeff
Nichols, David
Sergeant, Michael
Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad
Journal name Archives of environmental and occupational health
Volume number 69
Issue number 2
Start page 112
End page 120
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon , Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1933-8244
Keyword(s) coronary heart disease
occupational health
Summary Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major problem for firefighters, even when considering the healthy worker effect (HWE). Although volunteer firefighters outnumber paid personnel, previous research has focused on paid US firefighters. By contrast, no CHD data for Australian firefighters exist. Risk factor data were collected from 2,943 Australian volunteer firefighters and CHD risk was compared with reference "low-risk" and Australian population data. Predicted CHD risk for male and female firefighter was 19.2% and 5.1%, respectively. Female firefighters high blood pressure and fasting glucose was significantly lower than the general population, whereas all other risk factors was similar to the general population. Firefighters' CHD risk was greater than other volunteer and paid emergency services, but the prevalence for most risk factors was similar to the general population. Therefore, Australian volunteer firefighters may not benefit from the HWE.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/19338244.2012.750588
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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