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Use Caution! Shoveling Snow Raises Heart Attack Risk




Snow shoveling increases heart attack risk, new research shows. According to a study recently published in the journal Clinical Research in Cardiology, shoveling snow places people with a family history of heart disease at greater risk for suffering a heart attack.

Scientists from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada sought to identify risk factors that would place people at risk for snow shoveling related heart attacks. To do this, they reviewed the medical history of 500 patients (age 31 -94) who went to Kingston General Hospital for heart related problems. Thirty-five patients wound up in the hospital because shoveling snow put a terrible stress on their heart muscle.

They also found that patients who went to the hospital for snow-related heart problems were male and were almost four times more likely to have a family history of premature heart disease.


What Does This Mean To You?

In the winter it's common to grab a shovel and clear snow out from the drive way and cross walk. It's more than a chore, anyone who's done it knows you can build up as much sweat shoveling snow as you can from a strenuous workout in the gym. That's because snow shoveling is a physical exercise.


("Staff Sgt. Phillip Bridges shovels the driveway of his new home" - USAF photo gallery uploaded to wikipedia)


Exercise naturally puts stress on the heart, but it can be potentially dangerous to people with a history of heart problems. This study stands as solid proof that shoveling snow is an activity that shouldn't be taken lightly.


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Article Source 

Nichols, R., McIntyre, W., Chan, S., Scogstad-Stubbs, D., Hopman, W., & Baranchuk, A. (2011). Snow-shoveling and the risk of acute coronary syndromes Clinical Research in Cardiology DOI: 10.1007/s00392-011-0356-6


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