Cardiac Arrests and Physical Fitness in Fire Services Analytical Essay by Nicky

Cardiac Arrests and Physical Fitness in Fire Services
An analysis of the correlation between firefighter physical fitness and incidence of cardiac arrest on the job.
# 128527 | 2,473 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies)


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Description:

This paper discusses and analyzes research on possible correlation between firefighters' physical fitness and the risk of dying of cardiac arrest while battling a blaze. The paper cites studies stating that as fire-fighting proves to be a physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging job that demands a fire-fighter be at his or her best in every way possible, and that approximately 40% or 449 of the 1,144 on-duty deaths during the study period were reported to be due to heart disease. The paper points out that some researchers contend that number of fire departments do not do all that needs to be done to improve health, and consequently help prevent and decrease cardiac arrests. Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean of the UCLA School of Public Health, contends that a number of fire departments do not do all that needs to be done to improve health, and consequently help prevent and/or decrease cardiac arrests. The same researchers conclude, the paper continues, that firefighters must be required to undergo annual physicals and fitness tests, as well as ensure participate in fitness programs, which would help reduce the risk factors of heart disease risk factors, including obesity and high blood pressure. This paper includes illustrative charts and tables.

Outline:
Introduction
Critical Cardiac Concerns
Considerations
Physical Agility Test Requirements
Conclusion

From the Paper:

" Some people consider the greatest threat to fire fighters would evolve from inhaling smoke inhalation or being severely burned, Robert Siegel, host of National Public Radio (NPR) program, noted. A report in 2007, however, reveals that factors relating to extinguishing fires places fire-fighters at a greater risk of experiencing a fatal heart attack. In fact, fire-fighters of dying from cardiac arrest double the risk policemen experience in the line of duty, and triple the risks for paramedics in their work. Richard Knox, also of NPR, reports that results from a Harvard School of Public Health study, which examined reported each on-duty death among American fire-fighters between 1994 and 2004 (not those associated with 911), reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, reveal: "Heart attack is by far the biggest on-duty killer among the nation's 1.1 million fire[-]fighters. It accounts for 45 percent of their deaths on the job." Cardiac deaths which occur during actual fire-fighting total as much as a 136 times more than that take place when fire-fighters perform non-emergency duties."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chang, Alicia. Associated Press. Heart disease stalks firefighters. Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Deseret News Publishing Company UT. 2007. Retrieved November 18, 2008 from HighBeam Research.
  • Davis, Steven C., Kristine Jankovitz, & Steven Rein. (2002). Physical fitness and cardiac risk factors of professional firefighters across the career span. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Retrieved November 18, 2008 from HighBeam Research.
  • Firefighters Face Added Risk of Fatal Heart Attack. (2007). NPR All Things Considered. Retrieved November 21, 2008 from HighBeam Research.
  • Firefighters face heart attack risk: study. The Hindustan Times. HT Media Ltd. 2007. Retrieved November 19, 2008 from HighBeam Research. Firefighters urged to extinguish bad habits: Heart attack death of veteran firefighter spurs wellness program. (2007). Times Union (Albany, NY). McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Retrieved November 18, 2008 from HighBeam Research. Hardman, A. E., & Stensel, D. J. (2003). Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained (J. N. Morris, Ed.). New York: Routledge. Retrieved November 20, 2008, from Questia database. Houser, A. N., Jackson, B. A., Bartis, J. T., & Peterson, D. J. (2004). Emergency Responder Injuries and Fatalities: An Analysis of Surveillance Data. Santa Monica, CA: Rand. Retrieved November 20, 2008, from Questia database.
  • Latourrette, T., Peterson, D. J., Bartis, J. T., Jackson, B. A., & Houser, A. (2003). Protecting Emergency Responders /. Santa Monica, CA: Rand. Retrieved November 20, 2008, from Questia database.

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Cardiac Arrests and Physical Fitness in Fire Services (2010, July 26) Retrieved December 08, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/cardiac-arrests-and-physical-fitness-in-fire-services-128527/

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