Shoveling snow during the winter months is a common cause of heart attacks.
Please keep the following ideas in mind when shoveling snow this winter.
TAKE IT EASY:
Work at a slow pace and take frequent breaks.
Drink plenty of water while working. You can become rapidly dehydrated due to extreme sweating under heavy winter clothing.
COVER YOUR HEAD:
The head is the best place for heat to escape from your body. A stocking hat will greatly reduce the amount of heat you lose while working outside.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY:
If you feel tired or any type of pain, IMMEDIATELY stop working and rest. Your body is trying to tell you are working too hard. Ignoring these warning indicators could lead to serious heart problems.
KEEP A PHONE WITH YOU:
Keep a cell or portable phone with you while working. If you should happen to fall and be unable to get into your home, you can dial for help from outside. If you don’t remember the number for help, dial 911. The appropriate help will assist you.
SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE:
Hire a neighborhood youngster to assist you or to do the shoveling for you. It will prevent you from risking your health and the youngster could use a little spending money as well.
Remember, cold weather and labor intensive tasks don’t mix well. Many heart attacks could be prevented if people remember to exercise caution when shoveling snow in the winter.
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