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Cardiovascular Disease & the Construction Industry

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The Ugly Truth

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for all adults nationwide, accounting for nearly one in every three deaths in the U.S. Cardiovascular disease can take years to develop, slowly weakening the heart muscle and allowing blockages to build up in the arteries that eventually lead to sudden cardiac events. Unfortunately, construction workers’ dual occupational hazards of physical labor and job pressures place them in one of the highest risk categories for cardiovascular injury.

Key Risk Factors

Construction vs Everyone Else

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), workers in the construction industry have a higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease than employees in other fields. A construction worker with heart disease is 60% more likely to retire on disability and to retire early due to health conditions than construction workers without heart disease.

Approximately 211,000 construction workers have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease

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Sources: American Heart Association, WebMD