Farmers need educating in emergency medicine

CARDIAC risk factors are rife among farming men and women but few know the best thing to do when experiencing acute chest pain, a pilot study shows.

The study of 186 farming men and women from 20 agricultural communities in rural Victoria found 74% of the women and 61% of the men were overweight or obese.

Around half of the respondents had hypertension and a fasting blood glucose level equal to or more than 5.5 mmol/L.

When asked to name their nearest emergency department (ED), one in 10 nominated health services or towns where no ED existed.

Some 67% of agricultural workers believed it was