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American Heart Association warns shoveling can cause heart attacks

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- With another round of snow on the way, the American Heart Association is sending a reminder that shoveling snow is an athletic event.

The heart health advocates say even this past week, a Coralville man died of an apparent heart attack while shoveling snow at home.

For people who don't get regular physical activity, shoveling snow can trigger a cardiovascular emergency. People who suffer cardiac arrest need CPR immediately or they're unlikely to survive more than 10-12 minutes.

The American Heart Association gives these warning signs for a heart attack, saying that often times it's not the obvious event that you see in the movies.

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


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