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Shoveling presents health hazards

Posted On Tue, December 14, 2010

Winter weather can bring a variety of dangers into a person's life. Falls on black ice and car accidents are a couple of common hazards.

Snow removal, too, can be dangerous. The Northwestern Medicine says the act can be particularly harmful to those who have heart disease.

Medical experts at the hospital's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute say shoveling snow can be problematic because it raises a person's heart rate and blood pressure.

The hospital suggests people take it easy when braving the elements and clearing their steps and driveways. Staying hydrated is also important, they say.

Heart disease is a serious medical condition that can lead to high life insurance rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 630,000 people died from the condition in 2006.

Lowering one's cholesterol and blood pressure are sure ways to reduce the risk of dying from heart disease. Eating a healthy diet with limited quantities of sweets and oils can help one achieve this goal. It's always wise to consult a physician before making any major dietary changes. 

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