New York firefighter's heart & lung - EST. 2002

It’s is a medical center for firefighters designed by firefighters.

As a leading provider of medical screenings we take pride in offering the best healthcare experience for the firefighter profession. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our firefighters each and every day.

NYFF's Heart and Lung Institute is a medical center designed by firefighters for firefighters. We have been working with NY's Bravest for over 18 years. We provide medical care speciallizing in but not limited to cardiac and pulmonary testing, as well as, providing educational seminars focused on FF safety throughout the USA and Canada.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR

Chest Pain
Shortness of Breath
Fatigue
Light Headiness
Dizziness
Headaches

RISK FACTORS

High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
Overweight / Obese
Family History of Heart Problems
9-11 Exposure
Smoker / Past Smoker
Alcohol Drinker
Lack of Exercise

OUR SERVICES

CARDIOLOGY

We have the most advanced cardiac testing available for firefighters. We offer the latest technology to give firefighters the best care possible.

PULMONARY

Pulmonary evaluations, Pulmonary function tests , Chest x rays, Methylcholine challenge tests, 9-11 screenings/ monitoring , Asthma care and more.

CANCER SCREENING

Cancer screening aims to detect cancer before symptoms appear. This may involve blood tests, urine tests, or medical imaging. Early detection saves lives.

ORTHOPEDICS

Consultation, x-rays, casting, workers compensation, arthroscopic procedures.

9-11 RETIREE HEALTHCARE

Contact us regarding your options.

RETIREMENT EXIT PHYSICALS

Know before you go.

DISABILITY CONSULTING

Something we never plan, but be educated about your health and your future.

FIREHOUSE DAY OUT FOR YOUR HEALTH

Group health screening and prevention.

FIREHOUSE EDUCATIONAL TALKS

A popular event for those of us with busy schedules.

About Arrhythmia

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Source: The American Heart Association

The term "arrhythmia" refers to any change from the normal sequence of electrical impulses. The electrical impulses may happen too fast, too slowly, or erratically – causing the heart to beat too fast, too slowly, or erratically. When the heart doesn't beat properly, it can't pump blood effectively. When the heart doesn't pump blood effectively, the lungs, brain and all other organs can't work properly and may shut down or be damaged. View an animation of arrhythmia.

Types of Arrhythmias

The normal heart is a strong, muscular pump a little larger than a fist. It pumps blood continuously through the circulatory system.

Each day the average heart beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through the body. In a 70-year lifetime, an average human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times.To understand how the heart pumps, learn about: Structure of the heart

Watch an animation of heart valve anatomy

The heart: four chambers, four valves

The heart has four chambers, two on the right and two on the left:

  • Two upper chambers are called atria (one is called an atrium).
  • Two lower chambers are called ventricles.

The heart also has four valves that open and close to let blood flow in only one direction when the heart contracts (beats). The four heart valves are:

  • Tricuspid valve, located between the right atrium and right ventricle
  • Pulmonary or pulmonic valve, between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery
  • Mitral valve, between the left atrium and left ventricle
  • Aortic valve, between the left ventricle and the aorta

Each valve has a set of flaps (also called leaflets or cusps). The mitral valve has two flaps; the others have three. Blood flow occurs only when there's a difference in pressure across the valves, which causes them to open. Under normal conditions, the valves permit blood to flow in only one direction.

The heart pumps blood to the lungs and to all the body's tissues by a sequence of highly organized contractions of the four chambers. For the heart to function properly, the four chambers must beat in an organized way.

Electrical system of the heartElectrical signals control the pump

The heart beat (contraction) begins when an electrical impulse from the sinoatrial node (also called the SA node or sinus node) moves through it. The SA node is sometimes referred to as the heart's "natural pacemaker" because it initiates impulses for the heartbeat.

The normal electrical sequence begins in the right atrium and spreads throughout the atria to the atrioventricular (AV) node. From the AV node, electrical impulses travel down a group of specialized fibers called the His-Purkinje system to all parts of the ventricles.

This exact route must be followed for the heart to pump properly. As long as the electrical impulse is transmitted normally, the heart pumps and beats at a regular pace. In an adult, a normal heart beats 60 to 100 times a minute.

Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) is a painless, non-invasive procedure that records the heart's electrical activity and can help diagnose arrhythmias.

Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)

Arrhythmias are abnormal beats. The term "arrhythmia" refers to any change from the normal sequence of electrical impulses, causing abnormal heart rhythms. Arrhythmias may be completely harmless or life-threatening.

Some arrhythmias are so brief (for example, a temporary pause or premature beat) that the overall heart rate or rhythm isn't greatly affected. But if arrhythmias last longer, they may cause the heart rate to be too slow or too fast or the heart rhythm to be erratic – so the heart pumps less effectively.

  • A fast heart rate (in adults, more than 100 beats per minute) is called tachycardia.
  • A slow heart rate (less than 60 beats per minute) is referred to as bradycardia.

Causes

  • Normally, the heart's most rapidly firing cells are in the sinus (or sinoatrial or SA) node, making that area a natural pacemaker.
  • Under some conditions almost all heart tissue can start an impulse of the type that can generate a heartbeat.
  • Cells in the heart's conduction system can fire automatically and start electrical activity. This activity can interrupt the normal order of the heart's pumping activity.
  • Secondary pacemakers elsewhere in the heart provide a "back-up" rhythm when the sinus node doesn't work properly or when impulses are blocked somewhere in the conduction system.

An arrhythmia occurs when:

  • The heart's natural pacemaker develops an abnormal rate or rhythm.
  • The normal conduction pathway is interrupted.
  • Another part of the heart takes over as pacemaker.
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testing & diagnosing firefighters in new york

Just in the last 5 years, NY Firefighter's Heart & Lung have tested and diagnosed thousands of Firefighters with the following stats below:

35+

DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER

400+

DIAGNOSED ARRHYTHMIA'S

100+

REQUIRING BYPASS SURGERY / STENTS

1,000+

HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HYPERTENSION,
SLEEP APNEA, & REACTIVE AIRWAY DISEASE

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