Saturday, January 21, 2012

Snow Shoveling Really Does Raise Heart Attack Risk: Study

(HealthDay News) -- Snow shoveling does increase the risk of heart attack, a new study confirms.

While many people believe this, there has been little actual evidence, according to researchers at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. So they decided to look for proof.

They reviewed the records of 500 patients who went to Kingston General Hospital with heart problems over two winter seasons. Of those patients, 35 (7 percent) started experiencing heart symptoms while shoveling snow.

"That is a huge number," Dr. Adrian Baranchuk, a professor in Queen's School of Medicine and a cardiologist at Kingston General Hospital, said in a university news release. Read more...

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