Cardiologist’s advice for shovelers: Take it easy

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Rochester woke up to a thick blanket of snow Sunday morning — and that meant a lot of folks were out shoveling.

Significant snowfalls can sometimes be a health hazard with people straining themselves — or even suffering heart attacks from lifting heavy snow.

“The first thing is to prepare for it the rest of the year, to remain physically active during the spring and summer, to do the yard work in the summer and fall, so that when the first snow comes along this isn’t the first time you’ve done anything new and been exposed to the stress of both the cold weather and the heavy physical exertion can do to you,” said Dr. John Bisognano, UR Medicine cardiologist, told News 8 last year.

Dr. Bisognano says if you haven’t been active and exercising recently, you should also take it slow and ease yourself into the activity.

“Take it easy at first and listen to your body and listen to those signs and warning symptoms,” he adds.

Doctors say if shoveling causes chest pain, shortness of breath or just generally makes you feel unwell, it’s a good idea to slow down or, if necessary, seek immediate medical attention.

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