Cardiovascular heart disease (CHD), including heart attack and stroke, is the number one cause of death in America. The emergency services are not immune to this tragic statistic. In fact, CHD is the leading cause of firefighter fatalities, with over half of all firefighter deaths each year attributed to heart attacks.
The mission of the NVFC Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program is to reduce the number of firefighter deaths from heart attack. This mission is accomplished by promoting a healthier lifestyle and by providing firefighters with fitness, nutrition, cholesterol, and other pertinent information to assist them on the road to becoming heart-healthy.
Lifestyle choices are an important part of becoming and staying heart-healthy. Recent studies show that lifestyle changes can, for example, help keep blood pressure levels normal – even into advanced age – and are important in treating and preventing high blood pressure. A person with high blood pressure may feel fine and look great – there are often no signs that anything is wrong until a heart attack or stroke occurs. Even modest lifestyle changes can prevent you from becoming a statistic.
Use the navigation bar at the left to learn more about lifestyle factors that affect the health of your heart, and how to make the choices that will help keep your heart strong.