This episode is exactly the kind of episode I set out to record and bring to other LEOs when I started The Squad Room. It isn’t a fun topic (though I think you’ll certainly still find it interesting), but it’s vitally important to our survival.
Dr. Jon Sheinberg is a military veteran, a board-certified cardiologist, a lieutenant with the Cedar Park Police Department (TX), a father and husband, founder of the Public Safety Cardiac Foundation, and even a U.S. Marshals Task Force Agent.
So…what was that excuse you had about being too busy? Yeah, I thought so.
Some sobering statistics:
According to the American Heart Association, the average age of a civilian who suffers a heart is 65. The average age of a LEO who suffers a heart attack? 49.
For civilians, the percentage of heart attacks that occur before age 45 are 7%.
For us? 45%
That’s a question that only recently has been getting attention, and Dr. Sheinberg is at the tip of the spear of trying to marshal the resources of the medical and law enforcement communities to try and solve what is nothing short of an epidemic.
Some of the topics we cover:
- Why are LEOs so susceptible to cardiovascular disease (CVD).
- What sort of blood tests should we be asking our doctors for, when do we need to start paying attention (hint: NOW!).
- The good, the bad, and the ugly of cholesterol.
- Diabetes and CVD
- Are fats really good for you?
- Dietary recommendations for law enforcement personnel.
- Physical fitness guidelines and recommendations for heart health.
- Supplements and the companies he recommends.
- The importance of sleep.
Dr. Sheinberg has more information on his website at www.publicsafetyheart.org. You can find a lot of good information there as well.
The supplement company he recommends, and the one he sells in his office is Metagenics. Use code PSCFoundation to support his work.
As always, thanks for listening. Please consider leaving a review in iTunes.
This episode is sponsored by SB Tactical and the iCombat active shooter training system. They’re veteran owned and American made so check them out for a training system that is replication, not simulation.