9/11 firefighters at risk for serious cardiovascular issues, new study finds

New York City firefighters who rushed to the remnants of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terror attacks are dying from health issues — and that may include serious cardiovascular diseases, according to a study published Friday.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted by doctors at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, “suggest a significant association” between greater exposure at the World Trade Center and a higher risk of long-term cardiovascular disease.

The study points out that the cardiovascular care is not currently covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, meaning 9/11 firefighters receive no compensation for cardiovascular diseases from the fund.

The cardiovascular risks that appear to be linked to Ground Zero exposure include heart attack, stroke, unstable angina, coronary artery surgery and angioplasty.

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