Researchers have found that male smokers with a family history of premature cardiovascular disease are at higher risk for a heart attack when shovelling snow.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! It’s time to get the shovel out. But if you’re a male smoker with a family history of premature cardiovascular disease, you may want to pay the neighbour’s kid to shovel the driveway for you.
Although it’s a common belief that snow shovelling causes heart attacks, it’s a subject that hasn’t been scientifically investigated until recently. Researchers at Queen’s University analyzed Kingston General Hospital records for the past two winters.
They discovered that 7 percent of patients (35 out of 500) who attended the hospital complaining of heart problems experienced symptoms while shovelling snow. Researchers said this figure could “easily double” due to the fact that not all records may have noted the patient was shovelling snow.
Individuals at highest risk when shovelling snow
Researchers rate family history and smoking as the two most important factors because they weren’t able to control for how much shovelling men do compared to women.
Snow removal safety tips
These tips will help protect your heart when digging out from the next winter snowstorm: