Health Team

Study links shoveling to increase in heart attacks

Posted February 13

There are a lot of great things about snow — sledding, building snowmen, skiing, snowboarding, having snowball fights. Shoveling snow is not one of them. (Deseret Photo)

A heavy snowfall, like the one blanketing New England this week, is linked to a higher risk of a heart attack.

A new Canadian study looked at hospital admissions and weather data over a 30-year period.

Researchers found a significant increase in heart attacks after a major snowstorm, especially among men.

They say shoveling is to blame because it can be very taxing on a weak heart. People in poor health may want to leave the shoveling to someone else.

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  • Jerry Powell Feb 13, 2017
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