The American Heart Association warns that the risk of heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some.
The chances of heart attack increases among those with existing heart conditions such as heart failure or high blood pressure.
The combination of colder temperatures and the physical exertion required for shoveling snow can increase the workload on the heart.
The American Heart Association says to take frequent breaks when shoveling. Do not eat a heavy meal prior to shoveling and to use a small shovel or snow thrower. the act of lifting heavy snow can raise blood pressure.
If you experience chest discomfort in the chest arms, back neck or jaw, or have shortness of breath, seek medical attention.