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Experts Say Shoveling Snow Can Be Dangerous, Even Fatal

Shoveling snow isn't a common occurrence for those who live in Eastern Carolina, and experts say it can be dangerous.

According to the Journal of American Medicine, if you are out of shape, you're 30 times more likely to have a heart attack from sudden strenuous activity, such as shoveling snow.

Every year, an average of 11,500 people are sent to the Emergency Room with injuries they got while shoveling snow, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Experts say slippery conditions and cold weather are to blame.

Dr. Richard Croskery explains why freezing temperatures can play a big part in heart attacks.

Croskery says, "The stresses on the heart are tremendous in the cold because your body is doing extra work to stay warm. Your body constricts blood vessels and changes the blood flow to different parts of your body. In addition, particularly when you're breathing hard, you're breathing in a lot of cold air which your body has to warm."

Dr. Croskery says that if you feel chest pain, neck or jaw pain, as well as unexplained nausea you should stop shoveling snow immediately and get medical attention.


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