The high blood pressure condition is interesting. High blood pressure is used interchangeably with hypertension. Hypertension is covered by the Statute, and it is not the burden on the employee to prove a work relationship. It is the very nature of the heart bill protection that the presumption applies and that the coverage is there. The benefit to the first responder is that the burden of proof is on the employer to show that the condition is not work-related. That's a very difficult burden to carry, especially in cases of hypertension. Primarily this is true because the doctors don't know what causes hypertension. If they can't say what the cause of the condition is, it's extremely difficult for them to say that work was not the cause.

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