Natalie Balfe
Firefighters' Health Study: An Evaluation of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Risk Factors

SchoolNorth Olmsted High School


ProgramScience


MentorMario Scarcipino, MBA


DepartmentCardiovascular Research at Fairview Hospital


Research
Firefighters’ Health Study: An Evaluation of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Risk Factors
Hypothesis
To evaluate the cardiovascular and pulmonary risk factor profile of firefighters and EMS personnel in the greater Cleveland area.
Methodology
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.
Outcomes
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