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While shoveling isn’t dangerous for many people, certain people are at higher risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that both men and women should check with a doctor first if they don’t get regular exercise, have a medical condition or are middle-aged or older.

If you must shovel, know the symptoms of a heart attack

Here’s some tips from the Heart Association for safer shoveling:

  • Take frequent rest breaks.
  • Use a small shovel.
  • Don’t eat a big meal or drink alcohol before or soon after shoveling.
  • Be alert for signs of hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature. Symptoms include shivering; slow, shallow breathing; confusion; loss of coordination; exhaustion; and a slow, weak pulse.

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