Snow Shoveling and Heart Health

Did you know snow shoveling can increase heart attack risk? With the higher snow levels we are seeing this year, it is important to stay safe. While using a more ergonomic shovel, or using a snow blower may decrease the risk, it is important to take additional precautions this winter season.
According to a Harvard University article entitled, “Protect Your Heart When Shoveling Show” here are some recommendations for safe snow shoveling:

  • Warm up your muscles before starting.
  • Shovel many light loads instead of fewer heavy ones.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t feel that you need to clear every speck of snow from your property.
  • Head indoors right away if your chest starts hurting, you feel lightheaded or short of breath, your heart starts racing, or some other physical change makes you nervous. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 or your local emergency number.
Sudden cardiac arrest claims a live every 2 minutes, to prevent risk the American Heart Association recommends, eating a healthy diet, getting exercise, watching your weight and living tobacco-free to decrease your risk. For more information on tips to prevent heart disease and stroked visit the American Heart Association.