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AHA warns: Don't drink and shovel snow

“Snowbound Train, Ottawa County,” shows people digging snow off of railroad tracks in 1912, while a train waits to get through.

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Great Bend-area residents should approach their snow shovels with caution, the American Heart Association says. Research shows cardiovascular events like sudden cardiac arrest may increase during cold winter months.
Although shoveling snow may not lead to health problems for most people, the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart. The risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some. That’s why the association suggests being careful not to overstress you heart when shoveling. It’s also a bad idea to drink alcoholic beverages before of immediately after shovel. Alcohol may ...

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