Frequency of physical activity, exercise capacity, and atherosclerotic heart disease risk factors in male police officers

Mark A. Williams, M. Marlene Petratis, Thomas R. Baechle, Kay L. Ryschon, James J. Campain, Michael H. Sketch

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A total of 171 male police officers volunteered to (1) assess risk factors for developing atherosclerotic heart disease and (2) evaluate the relationship of fitness to risk. Results revealed substantial numbers of officers with elevated risk: 22% were smokers, 76% had elevated cholesterol, 26% had elevated triglycerides. 16% had elevated BP, and 60% had elevated body fat. Increased fitness was associated with decreased risk. Compared with Group II (moderate fitness) of Group III (low fitness). Group I (high fitness) had significantly lower values of body fat. diastolic BP, total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, lipid ratios, triglycerides, and smoking incidence. Low fitness was associated with the highest prevalence of abnormal exercise tests. The results suggest (1) police officers have a high prevalence of risk and (2) increased fitness is associated with reduced risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-600
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1987


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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