American Heart Association

Extreme heat may spark heart attack among firefighters


Firefighters’ exposure to extreme heat and physical exertion may trigger blood clots and impair blood vessel function — increasing risk of heart attack, according to a Scottish study.

Cardiovascular events are the leading cause of death among firefighters, representing about 45 percent of on-duty fatalities annually in […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Firefighter turns tragedy into community event

Responding to fires is a dangerous, physically grueling job.

Temperatures can soar to 1,000 degrees and the fire can ravage a building, creating unexpected obstacles that must be overcome in seconds. As if maneuvering through an unknown smoke-filled location with limited visibility and oxygen isn’t taxing enough, it must be […]