9/11 Firefighters – level 3

23-09-2019 15:00

On Friday the 6th, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a new study.

The study found that firefighters who spent any amount of time working in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and around the dust from the World Trade Center are at an elevated risk of developing heart disease.

Firefighters who arrived at the World Trade Center at the morning of the attack had a 44% higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those who arrived later. The firefighters who worked at the World Trade Center for six months or more were more likely to develop heart disease than those who spent less time at the site.

According to The New York City Fire Department, 200 of its firefighters died of illnesses related to the rescue and recovery efforts from 9/11.

The study also points out that James Zadroga of the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 does not pay for medical care for these conditions.

The authors of the study say that their findings show there is a continued need for long-term monitoring of the health of survivors of disasters.

Difficult words: aftermath (the bad situation after something bad happens), elevated (higher).

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