Firefighters' physical activity: relation to fitness and cardiovascular disease risk.

  title={Firefighters' physical activity: relation to fitness and cardiovascular disease risk.},
  author={Gerardo Durand and Antonios J Tsismenakis and Sara A Jahnke and Dorothee Maria Baur and Costas A. Christophi and Stefanos N. Kales},
  journal={Medicine and science in sports and exercise},
  volume={43 9},
PURPOSE Cardiovascular disease (CVD) accounts for 44% of on-duty deaths among US firefighters with a markedly higher event risk during strenuous duties compared with nonemergencies. Sedentary persons are most susceptible to such CVD "event-triggering" due to irregular bouts of vigorous physical activity (PA). Conversely, regular PA and increased levels of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) protect against CVD triggering. Therefore, the present study evaluates PA measures in structural firefighters… CONTINUE READING


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