As temperatures drop and snow falls, before you step outside to shovel that snow keep these tips in mind:
Shoveling Safety –
- Be kind to your back; push the snow as you shovel.
- Pick up smaller shovels full of snow.
- Move your body in the direction you are tossing snow. Creating an extreme twist is not safe for your spine.
Listen to your Body –
- Don’t let yourself get too cold. Take a break inside if you need to.
- Take it slow. Stop if you become short of breath or dizzy.
- Stop if you have chest pains and get to the Emergency Room.
- Prepare your body before heading outside. Do some light stretching or walk around the home to warm up.
- Wear boots with good traction and warm clothing.
- Stay dry. If you become wet, get inside and change.
- Salt your driveway and sidewalk to help protect yourself and your neighbors from falling on ice.
If you begin to experience chest pains or extreme fatigue, act fast and visit the hospital. You may be experiencing a heart attack while shoveling snow. Crittenton has been designated as both an accredited stroke and chest pain center.
Common signs of heart attack include:
- Heaviness or pain in the chest around and near the breastbone
- Dizziness or nausea
- Extreme weakness
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Upper body discomfort
At Crittenton, heart patients are in the care of some of the nation’s top cardiologists supported by our skilled cardiac rehabilitation professionals. If you have questions about your heart, find a doctor today.