Staying Safe While Shoveling
by Breanna Fuss, Reporter
April 12, 2013 8:31 PM
All the new fallen snow around the Sioux Empire may be pretty, but it can also pose as a health risk for the elderly or those with heart problems. Cardiologists at Sanford said snow, especially the heavy wet kind that has blanketed much of the Sioux Empire, can put a lot of stress on your heart when shoveling it.
Doctors said shoveling is a high energy activity that if done too much in a short amount of time could give you a heart attack.
As you shovel, your heart rate increases, which in turn increases the oxygen demand for your heart. And doctors said of your heart doesn’t receive the oxygen it needs, it could lead to serious problems.
So doctors have a few tips.
“Be aware of what your body is telling you. Number one, take it slower, and number two, if it is really heavy like it is now, really be careful with how much you are trying to shovel at a time,” said Dr. Lloyd Solberg, Cardiologist at Sanford.
Doctors said if you are shoveling and you feel a heavy pressure on your chest, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, or feel nauseous, you need to stop immediately.
Those are the beginning signs of a heart attack.