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The American Heart Association is worried about your winter health.
Many people suffer from hypothermia or have heart attacks while shoveling snow.
- Take breaks often while shoveling the snow; give your heart time to rest.
- Layer dress to protect yourself from hypothermia.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages may give your body a false sense of warmth, causing you to get much colder than your body feels like it is.
- Lifting heavy amounts of snow while shoveling can cause your blood pressure to increase. Take it easy and use a smaller shovel and lift lighter loads.
This winter, health comes first. Please take care of yourself this winter and watch out for these heart attack warning signs listed by the American Heart Association:
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort or pain in the stomach, back, your arms (one or both), jaw, or neck
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
If you feel any of these heart attack symptoms, play it safe and call 911.
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