Law Enforcement Officers More Likely To Suffer From Heart Disease
Each year more than 900,000 people die from cardiovascular disease.
Studies show specific jobs can put you at higher risk.
They catch bad guys, patrol the streets and make sure people aren't breaking the law.
While law enforcement officers put their lives on the line everyday when wearing their uniform, their career also puts them at risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
"Clearly a high stress job such as law enforcement, fire rescue those groups of people are at higher risk," said Dr. Robert Feldman.
Statistics show police officers are 25 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than from an action by a criminal.
Dr. Feldman with Munroe Regional Medical Center said law enforcement officers live 15 years less than the average American.
"Law enforcement officers have a very high prevalence of heart problems while they are still in the normal working ages," said Dr. Feldman.
In March a Missouri police officer died of a heart attack shortly after his shift.
Then in April, a Wisconsin police officer, who was 32 years old, suffered an apparent heart attack while on duty.
He drove his car off the road, crashed and died.
In May a 37- year- old Minnesota officer died after having a heart attack at a restaurant.
"Heart attack and stroke are certainly more prevalent in the law enforcement and fire rescue population," said Dr.Feldman.
Nearly 50% of police officers will die from heart disease within five years of retirement.
Making split second life saving decisions, working long hours and constantly interacting with people who are upset can all cause officers stress.
"We've had officers here while they were employed that had heart attacks and passed away," said Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham.
Chief Graham said he knows of retired OPD officers who have died from heart disease.
He is spreading the word about heart disease and police work, by raising $4,000 dollars for the American Heart Association.
"In general I am interested and concerned about the overall health of our entire community, but certainly there is a special place in my heart for law enforcement officers because I am one," said chief Graham.
He and some other members on the executive leadership team for the Marion County Heart Walk, are raising $250,000 for The American Heart Association.
About $127,000 has been raised so far and donations will be collected until October 5, 2013 which is the day of the Marion County Heart Walk.
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