Building Evaluations that Translate Evidence and Research for Health Evaluations and Related Training (BETTER HEART) | develop updated fire service CVD screening guidelines
Building Evaluations that Translate Evidence and Research for Health Evaluations and Related Training (BETTER HEART)
Funding Source: Sub-contract, FEMA #EMW-2017-FP-00445
PI: Denise Smith, PhD (Skidmore College); Co-I: Steven M. Moffatt, MD
Develop and implement updated evidence-based cardiovascular screening guidelines and educational materials for the U.S. fire service
BETTER HEART used current medical information, the latest research findings, and national data from fire service physical exams to recommend updated guidelines for CVD screenings among firefighters. The multi-disciplinary project team consisted of firefighters, researchers, and occupational healthcare providers from across the U.S.
Summary of Results:
The Smith et al. (2023) project final report linked below presents two key cardiovascular screening recommendations for firefighters based on age, clinical judgement, and medical history.
|Smith D, Hollerback BS, Bode E, Haigh CA. “BETTER HEART Final Report“. Skidmore College, 2023.
|Moffatt SM, Stewart DF, Jack K, Dudar MD, Bode ED, Mathias KC, Smith DL. Cardiometabolic Health among United States Firefighters by Age. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2021 Jul 14:101492. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101492|
|Bode ED, Mathias KC, Stewart DF, Moffatt SM, Jack K, Smith DL. Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors by BMI and Age in United States Firefighters. Obesity. 2021; doi: 0.1002/oby.23175|
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