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Quick Tips to Avoid A Heart Attack While Snow Shoveling

By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology

Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks. While shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems, the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some. In fact, every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.

Cold temperatures increase the risk for heart attack because the arteries constrict which increases your blood pressure.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow….did you know?

  • The Chicagoland area gets about 40 inches of snow each winter
  • Average weather in Chicago is not so average: least amount we’ve gotten is 9.8” and largest amount is 89.7” of snowfall in a season
  • On average we get 5 severe winter storms each season
  • Snow comes as early as November and can last until March – which can be as many as 109 days – 220 days between the first and last snowfall

If you think you might be having a heart attack, please call 9-1-1 immediately to seek medical attention.


Topics and Subtopics: Fitness & Exercise & Heart Health

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