Safety and Survival: Matters of the Heart for Women in the Fire Service

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It is commonly known that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women, and firefighters face far higher cardiac demands than non-firefighters. However, developing a clear picture of the full impact that firefighting activities have on women’s heart health is an ongoing effort, as most studies to date have focused on male firefighters. New research is now being conducted to help us better understand the unique needs of female firefighters. In this article, Dominica D’Avella discusses some straight-forward, but often neglected, steps that female emergency responders can take to protect their hearts. Read article.