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Shoveling snow sends thousands to ER each year

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- More than 11,000 people head to the emergency room every year because of snow shoveling injuries.

Researchers say that number is likely an under-estimate of people who get hurt while shoveling.

Doctors say most people strain their muscles when they over-exert themselves, and about 20 percent are hurt by falls.

About 7 percent were related to heart problems, like a heart attack. Doctors say the combination of physical activity and freezing cold temperatures can be particularly risky.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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