Shoveling this weekend? Doctors warn cleaning up this wet heavy mix could cause health concerns

NOW: Shoveling this weekend? Doctors warn cleaning up this wet heavy mix could cause health concerns

SOUTH BEND, Ind.----- The last place anyone wants to travel to in these weather conditions, is a trip to the hospital. Doctor Leah Napolitano warns that this wet heavy snow some call "heartattack" snow could be harder to clean up, while preparing for the opening of a new St. Joesph Medical Group location in Elkhart County. She broke down where that term originated from,

"That precipitation is very very heavy, and that lends itself to.. you have to exert yourself more, expend more energy to get the snow out of the way.. so that’s like if you compare it to going out and working out working really really really hard right away," said Napolitano. 

With the light winter we have seen so far, Napolitano advises those out shoveling, especially with preexisting conditions, are not as preconditioned for the overexertion that could be needed to complete the task.

She advises those who must get out there thus weekend, to take breaks if they are feeling tired, 

"If you got to shovel, you got to shovel, so I get it but what I would say is probably.. you have to do it in small doses, if you feel yourself getting winded certainly feeling like your sweating more than you should be, where your exerting yourself more, then take a break the snows not going anywhere go back inside and come back out," she added. 

Those who do experience heart attack symptoms are advised to head inside and call 911 immediately. 

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