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Our cardiac screening program is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and other emergency personnel.

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Transforming Lives

HeartStart was developed to screen first responders who have not been able to participate in Sigma’s on-site cardiac screening program. Standard risk-based cardiovascular screening is ineffective in detecting heart disease in law enforcement as it has been proven to miss over 90% of police officers who are at increased risk for heart disease.

Through our screening of over 14,000 law enforcement officers and first responders and other published research, the following statistics show the importance of cardiac screening for all ages of first responders:

 

24% of our officers who tested positive for pre-clinical heart disease were less than 40 years old1
92% of the officers tested in our program are shown to have early onset heart disease1
46 is the average age of a Heart Attack for Officers (65 for Civilians)2
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    1 Sheinberg et al, “Liposomal Associated Phospholipase A2 is More Effective in Predicting Cardiac Risk in Law Enforcement Than Framingham Risk Score and Coronary Artery Calcium Score Calculation”. JOEM, PAP Jan 2, 2024.

    2John M. Violanti, Tara A. Hartley, et al., Life Expectancy in Police Officers: A Comparison with the U.S. General Population,” International Journal of Emergency Mental Health 15, no. 4 (2013): 217–28.