Heart Attack warning: What you need to know before shoveling

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CLEVELAND – As people begin to dig out from the latest snow storm to hit Northeast Ohio, health experts are reminding about the potential dangers of shoveling snow.

In many parts of the area, the snowfall was wet and slushy, making it particularly heavy.

Doctor Marc Gillinov, with the Cleveland Clinic said, "You have to approach shoveling like exercise, meaning, warm up, start slowly, take a break after a few minutes; a half hour of snow shoveling is probably as good as running five miles."

  • Other recommendations for anyone shoveling snow:
    -Stretch to warm up muscles before starting
    -Dress warmly
    -Take frequent breaks
    -Drink plenty of water
    -Try to push snow, rather than lift it
    -Lift with your legs, not your back

If you have signs of a heart attack, including chest pain and shortness of breath, you should seek help immediately. Other lingering pain could also signal that it’s time to see your doctor.

**More coverage on the winter weather blast here**