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You’re Strong, But Should You Shovel?

If you are older, have coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, high cholesterol or any heart health problems – don’t lift that shovel! The strenuous activity, coupled with cold temperatures increases your risk for a heart attack because the arteries constrict and blood pressure increases. Every year, shoveling snow sends more than 11,000 people to the hospital. Most suffer with orthopedic injuries, however, they are the lucky ones. Seven percent are seen for cardiac problems, including heart attacks or cardiovascular episodes, which often result in permanent tissue damage or in many cases, death. For more information, visit Cleveland Clinic online.

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