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Emergency Responders

Jobs that combine inactivity with bouts of high stress activity—like fighting crime or fires—aren't that great either. About 22% of on-the-job deaths in police officers and 45% in firefighters are due to cardiovascular disease compared to 15% in other jobs.

Long hours, shift work, unhealthy eating at work, stress, exposure to carbon monoxide or other pollutants, as well as high rates of other risk factors, like hypertension (which have been documented in emergency responders), may play a role.

If you can't change your job, focus on things—like healthy eating, exercise, and lowering blood pressure—that you can control.

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