Does heart disease (and firefighter heart attacks) just come down to genetics?


Heart attack is the leading cause of death among firefighters, contributing to near 50% of firefighter fatalities some years.

The risk factors for heart attack are the same as those for heart disease: hypertension, poor blood cholesterol, smoking, obesity, low fitness, and high blood glucose.

As many of you know, there are also genetics to consider. Often I get asked, “Does it really just come down to genetics?” It’s a good question and I answer it in 2 minutes below.

In the comments, tell me: does this surprise you? And what heart attack risk factor(s) of your own have you or do you need to tackle?

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By | 2018-05-17T20:29:33+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

About the Author:

Dr. Karlie Moore has a PhD in Exercise Science and Nutrition and specializes in firefighter health. She has conducted fitness testing on hundreds of firefighters and has created the most comprehensive online wellness program for fire departments called the FitCulture program. Dr. Moore is also married to a firefighter and so understands their lifestyle and the health challenges associated with it.

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