University of Michigan Cardiologist Warns of Shoveling Dangers as Snow Storms Return

After a New Year’s Day winter storm that coated much of Southeast Michigan with several inches of snow, residents reached for their shovels to clear driveways, sidewalks and steps.

But for those who have underlying heart conditions, a brief round of shoveling can have severe consequences, said John Bisognano, head of preventive cardiology at the University of Michigan Health Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

In addition to the sudden strain shoveling puts on the heart, being outside in the cold also stresses the entire cardiovascular system, said Bisognano.

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