Heart Risk For Some When Shoveling in Cold Temps

Heart Risk For Some When Shoveling in Cold Temps

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Some say shoveling is good exercise, but if you over do it you could end up taking a trip to the hospital.

Dr. Jim Willis, a cardiologist in Watertown, said that if a person has a history of heart disease they should bundle up and avoid going outside in temperatures below zero degrees.

He also said people should try to avoid strenuous shoveling to prevent heart attacks.

"The cold weather tends to clamp down the blood vessels, makes your blood pressure higher," Dr. Willis said. "So it increases the work your heart has to do so if you have heart problems you can actually aggravate those and cause distress."

Dr. Willis added if you have chest or arm pain after being out in the cold you should seek medical attention.

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