Officials warn about health risks shoveling heavy snow

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Health experts are warning you to be careful when shoveling since it’s expected to be wet snow this weekend.

Health experts said they saw a lot of heart-related injuries caused from shoveling with the blizzard in November and are prepared for more from this winter storm. They said you should take half hour to hour breaks while you shovel and drink plenty of water. The elderly and anyone with an underlying heart condition should take extra caution.

“People that maybe have heart attacks in the past or, honestly, people that smoke have an increase risk for heart related injuries,” said Kenton Snyder, Blessing Nurse Practitioner. You add on the colder weather and little more exertion with the snow shoveling and that certainly can give raise for concern.”

Health experts said once you feel discomfort or have chest pain, you should stop and contact your doctor.

“The last thing that we would want to see happen would be to have someone stay home and say, ‘ah, may it’s just cause I was exercising or shoveling snow a little bit too much,’ and low and behold there’s something underlying there,” said Snyder.

WGEM Staff

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