Background: Compare arterial stiffness among law enforcement officers (LEOs) versus general population normative values and identify predictors of arterial stiffness in LEOs. Methods: Seventy male LEOs (age: 24–54 years) completed body composition, blood pressures, physical activity level, and carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) measurements. T-tests and regression analyses were utilized to compare LEO data to normative data and predict cfPWV, respectively. Results: Compared to similar age strata within the general population, cfPWV was lower among LEO’s under 30-years (mean difference = −0.6 m·s−1), but higher among LEOs 50–55-years (mean difference = 1.1 m·s−1). Utilizing regression, age, relative body fat, and diastolic blood pressure explained the greatest variance in LEO’s cfPWV (adj. R2 = 0.56, p < 0.001). Conclusion: This investigation demonstrated that arterial stiffness may progress more rapidly in LEOs and LEOs’ relative body fat and blood pressure may primarily affect arterial stiffness and risk of CVD.
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The data presented in this study are available on request from the corresponding author. The data are not publicly available due to privacy and ethical constraints.
Keeler, Jason M.; Fleenor, Bradley S.; Clasey, Jody L.; Stromberg, Arnold J.; and Abel, Mark G., "Predictors of Arterial Stiffness in Law Enforcement Officers" (2021). Kinesiology and Health Promotion Faculty Publications. 25.
Published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, v. 18, issue 19, 10190.
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