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The American Heart Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and cardiologist suggest the following tips for safely shoveling snow:

Heart

Pace yourself, shoveling for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

Shoveling is an upper body workout, it’s a much harder strain on your heart than walking or other cardio

Be aware of heart attack warning signs: increased heart rate, shortness of breath, more sweating, and tightness in the chest.

*Consider whether you’re healthy enough to tackle the snow; familiarize yourself with the signs of a heart attack and hypothermia.

Cold temperatures can cause breathing problems

Shoveling in the snow requires lots of energy and could cause frequent, heavy breathing. Inhaling cold air frequently will constrict lungs and airways, making it difficult for oxygen to enter the bloodstream. Cover your mouth and nose while outside.

Shoveling heavy, wet snow risks back and shoulder injuries.

Last but not least, farm out the work. Get the neighborhood kids to do the shoveling.

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