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By Endeavor Health
For those who live in seasonal climates like the Midwest, cold winter weather tends to be a sensory experience somewhat forgotten through the year until that first blast of icy wind hits the face.
We shiver, bundle up and head out into the elements.
The cold air not only causes reflexive shoulder hunching, it causes our blood vessels to constrict and our heart to work harder to maintain our body temperature.
“Studies have shown that sudden exertion outdoors in cold weather poses some cardiac risk,” said Paul Ruzumna, MD, a cardiologist with Endeavor Health. “But it’s important to stay active, even in cold weather. Warm up indoors first and avoid sudden strenuous activity, such as shoveling snow.”
Staying warm is critical in cold weather. Wearing layers of clothing is one way to accomplish this, as well as covering your head, ears, hands and feet.
Being careful with exertion – such as shoveling heavy, wet snow – is also critical, especially for those with heart disease.
Keep these tips in mind if you need to shovel snow:
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