As you’re shoveling several inches of snow this week, the American Heart Association has some tips for “heart-safe snow shoveling.”
The AHA says the physical exertion of shoveling, along with the cold temperatures increases the heart’s workload.
The AHA recommends not eating a big meal, or drinking alcohol before or immediately after shoveling.
It also recommends taking frequent breaks, using a small shovel or snow blower, and learning the warning signs of a heart attack.
The key signs of a potential heart attack are chest discomfort, discomfort in other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, nausea or lightheadedness.