Weekend warriors beware: snow shovelling can hurt your heart
Submitted by Communications & Public Affairs, Providence Health Care
The mild-weather crocuses that West Coast Canadians like to boast about are now covered in white as the area gets a cold taste of what’s hit the rest of the country for the past several months: Snow. And lots of it.
But before you pick up that shovel with the zeal of an Olympic athlete, be aware that the link between heart attacks and snow shovelling has been well established for almost 60 years. A study on the effect of cold temperatures on mortality in Ontario shows that cold-related effects were stronger for cardiovascular-related deaths, especially among people under 65.
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Dr. Krishnan Ramanathan, cardiologist and Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital, says, “We see the most problems with male weekend warriors – people who largely don’t exercise and then go out and shovel snow – an extreme form of exercise that is strenuous on the heart.
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