Recent research makes the case for being extra careful before you pick up that shovel: Seven percent of the 500 heart attack patients who participated in the study had experienced heart attacks while shoveling snow.

Here's how to stay safe when the snow flies:

  1. Avoid eating a large meal before you begin, as digesting too much food puts strain on the heart. Instead, have a healthy snack.
  2. Use a small shovel. Lifting heavy loads of snow can cause sudden spikes in blood pressure. When possible, push, rather than lift, the snow.
  3. Watch what you drink. Alcohol can dull the body's senses, causing you to underestimate physical stress.

From our sister publication Diabetes Focus Winter 2013

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 08 Oct 2013

Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015