Why Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly

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If you have diabetes, heart problems or high blood pressure, or simply aren't in good shape, you may want to hold off on clearing your driveway of fresh powder. Experts say you could hurt yourself, or cause a heart attack or stroke.

Each year, snow shoveling results in more than 11,000 emergency room visits and nearly 100 deaths.

Blood vessels constrict when you're really cold, which decreases the blood supply you're getting to your vital organs, explained Lawrence Phillips, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, in an interview with The Washington Post.

 

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