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American Heart Association advises caution when shoveling

Dec 02, 2019 1:00 pm
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting the American Heart Association is warning that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some people as the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart. Those who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow or snow drifts can strain a person’s heart. To help make snow removal safer, the American Heart Association has compiled a list of practical tips, including take frequent rest breaks during shoveling; don't eat a heavy meal before or soon after shoveling; use a small shovel or consider a snow thrower; avoid alcoholic beverages before or immediately after shoveling; be aware of the signs of hypothermia; and, learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body. Even if you are unsure, have it checked out by a doctor — minutes matter. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.