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December/January 2008/2009 (vol. 05/4)

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Cardiovascular risks in emergency responders

A literature review concludes that three-quarters of US firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical services personnel have pre-hypertension or hypertension. Elevated blood pressure is inadequately controlled among these professions, with profound implications for on-duty cardiovascular disease mortality and morbidity. Cardiovascular disease wellness programmes are advocated.

American Journal of Hypertension 2008; doi: 0.1038/ajh.2008.296. http://www.nature.com/aj/formerly_published.html

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2008/2009 (vol. 05/4) pp41