Doctors Warn of Heart Attack Risk and Shoveling

Updated: 12/10/2012 7:08 AM KSTP.com By: Michelle Knoll

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As people across the Upper Midwest break out the shovels and snow blowers, doctors say it's time to give your heart a break.

Dr. David Warren at the Regions Hospital emergency department tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press they worry about patients who aren't accustomed to exercising and then try to lift a lot of heavy snow.

He recommends people loosen their muscles before starting, then taking things slowly.

If you start to feel dizzy, Warren says, take a break immediately. If you feel signs of a heart attack or heart condition - such as squeezing chest pain that may radiate to the neck, shoulder, arm or jaw or cold sweats, nausea or vomiting - take a break immediately and if the pain doesn't go away call 911.

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