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Don't Make Shoveling a Marathon Event
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 12, 2012 11:00 AM
KALAMAZOO, Mich., Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With winter snowfall looming, area residents will need to clear out their driveways and sidewalks. The American Heart Association warns that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, however, the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling increases for others.
"One of the reasons heart attacks can occur during snow shoveling is the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion which increases the workload on the heart," said Vishal Gupta, MD, MPH, Borgess Cardiology Group, of the Borgess Heart Institute, Borgess Medical Center. "As a result, too much strain on the heart during these conditions can cause a heart attack."
To help make snow removal safer, consider the following tips.
The warning signs of a heart attack include:
For more information, call the American Heart Association at 800-968-1040 or visit www.americanheart.org.
SOURCE American Heart Association
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