Old man winter has come for his seasonal stay bringing with him a decrease in temperature and increase in flurries. While glistening snowcapped houses and trees may be picturesque, this winter portrait could actually paint quite a frightening scene.
Shoveling snow can have a chilling effect on the heart as this winter activity can trigger a heart attack or sudden cardiac death. The act of shoveling snow is rather strenuous and can be quite dangerous for any individual who is unhealthy or unfit.
Using a shovel, or pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and the cold air can cause constriction of the blood vessel and decrease oxygen to the heart. These combined factors increase the work of the heart which can trigger a potentially fatal heart attack.
Anyone who has a heart condition, has high blood pressure, or is a heavy smoker should refrain from taking on the task of heavy snow removal.
Even those who are healthy should take measures to protect themselves from the potential dangers of shoveling snow. These include:
Shoveling snow is a lot more physically demanding than most people realize and can be fatal so be sure to take care in cold weather this winter and avoid any potential risk.