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Preventing weather related injuries

By Regina Russo – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Emergency room doctors say heart attacks can happen  because people over exert themselves while shoveling the snow. Shoveling the snow takes the same amount of physical exertion as digging a ditch in your backyard through clay.

Dr. Kurt Knochel,  Medical Director of the Emergency Department of Good Samaritan Hospital, says this kind of exertion makes your heart work harder and the blood flow to the heart may not be able to keep up.

Chest pain is one sign of a possible heart attack, but according to Dr. Knochel, so is any unusual shortness of breath longer than five minutes, especially if you're over 40 and out of shape.

If you think you're having a heart attack, stop immediately, call 911 and take an aspirin. According to Dr. Knochel, it's a cheap effective means to prevent a heart attack.

Other tips to prevent injuries and heart attacks are to stay hydrated, take it slow, take rest periods and don't buy the biggest shovel your can. Buy one that is appropriate in size to your size. Remember to bend at your knees when shoveling an taking ibuprofen after you shovel may reduce soreness and joint pain.

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