HCMC Doctor Warns Shoveling Snow Can Lead to Heart Attacks

Updated: 02/20/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 02/20/2014 8:21 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

With Thursday's heavy snowfall, many Minnesotans will be shoveling their driveways Friday.

But, shoveling heavy snow can put stress on your heart.

According to Hennepin County Medical Center the following are signs of a heart attack you should never ignore:

  • Pressure, squeezing or tightness in the chest
  • Aching in the shoulder, upper arm or jaw
  • Nausea, unusual shortness of breath and sweating 

"We are more likely to see people have heart attacks whenever there is a big change in the weather and especially heavy snow. Because people who may feel fine today when they're resting, when they go out and they do extreme physical effort involved in shoveling snow, they really push themselves beyond what they're used to," said HCMC Chief of Cardiology Dr. Bradley Bart.

Doctor Bart says if you experience any of those symptoms, stop what you're doing and call 911 right way.

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