First responders subject themselves to daily stressors and occupational hazards that can increase the risk of developing lung cancer, lung disease or cardiovascular complications. That is why firefighters, police officers and other high-risk responders should be aware of their lung and cardiovascular health and should not have to jump through hoops for needed testing and treatment.
First responders have busy schedules, and we understand that at ADM, which is why we have streamlined the screening, diagnosis and treatment process by implementing the patient portal and conduct testing, analysis and diagnosis in one location. Results are typically available that same day and you will not have to travel elsewhere to pick them up.
While there are first responders who leave the job relatively unscathed by the many dangers of their professions, many are at increased risk even when they are not responding to an emergency.
According to a 2007 Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, firefighters are up to 100 times more at risk of suffering a heart attack while fighting a fire than the normal population, but are also at risk while performing less physically stressful job activities. Coronary heart disease is prevalent within the firefighter community, which makes it of paramount importance for firefighters to stay on top of their health status and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Firefighters are not the only first responders who are at an increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular complications due to their time on the job. Many recent, comprehensive studies have determined that police officers develop heart issues at a higher rate than the general population.
A study of 464 Buffalo police officers suggested that the “danger, high demands and exposure to human misery and death that police officers experience on the job contribute to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic health problems.” The study also concluded one-quarter of the officers had metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that doctors believe increase the chance of heart disease, diabetes or having a stroke.
At ADM, we know the daily stressors associated with putting your life on the line for the good of others, which is why we’ve made the testing process easier than ever before. First responders can fill out their information prior to arriving at the office, get screened for the aforementioned issues and have their diagnosis before they leave.
There is nothing more important than your health, so take the time to get screened.
Associated First Responder/Firefighter Organizations