Natalie Balfe Firefighters' Health Study: An Evaluation of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Risk Factors
SchoolNorth Olmsted High School
MentorMario Scarcipino, MBA
DepartmentCardiovascular Research at Fairview Hospital
Firefighters’ Health Study: An Evaluation of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Risk Factors
To evaluate the cardiovascular and pulmonary risk factor profile of firefighters and EMS personnel in the greater Cleveland area.
IRB approval and voluntary informed consent were obtained. Firefighters and EMS personnel were administered a comprehensive questionnaire encompassing different cardiovascular risk factors. Anthropomorphic measurements and point of care blood testing were performed at the fire stations and a series of cardiovascular and pulmonary tests were performed at Fairview Hospital. Data were stored and analyzed in a password-protected database.
In our cross-sectional screening, firefighters demonstrated a high prevalence
of known risk factors for atherosclerotic disease. Further analysis of our data is needed
to examine the effects of fire-related smoke exposure, chemical exposure, and particulate
exposure on markers of inflammation, oxidative stress, and protein carbamylation