Health experts warn Portlanders of “heart attack” snow

Health experts warn Portlanders of “heart attack” snow

August 14, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


JEFF: JENNIFER AND I DID IT THIS MORNING . AND YOU PROBABLY HAVE NOT DONE THIS MUCH SNOW IN QUITE A WHILE. JENNIFER: AND YOU ARE NOT DONE SHOVELING. BUT BE CAREFUL. JENNY HANSSON EXPLAINS WHY THE SNOW WE GOT IS ACTUALLY CALLED HEART ATTACKS NO ON — SNOW ON THE EAST COAST. JENNY: THE WET SNOW THAT BLANKETED PORTLAND THIS WEEK WAS THICK AND HEAVY AND THAT CAN MAKE SHOVELING ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT. WHEN IT SNOWS LIKE THIS, PEOPLE ARE OUTSIDE CLEARING PATHWAYS AND TRUDGING THROUGH THE SNOW TO GET PLACES. AND ALL THOSE ACTIVITIES CAN PUT EXTRA STRAIN ON THE HEART MUSCLE. JENNY: IT IS STRENUOUS WORK AND PEOPLE WITH AN UNDERLYING HEART CONDITION CAN TRIGGER HEART ATTACK. IT’S ACTUALLY CALLED HEART ATTACK SNOW. SIGNS WOULD BE CHEST PAIN, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, SOME FOOTBALL — PEOPLE GET PAID IN THEIR NECK OR ARMS. KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR ANYTHING THAT SEEMS UNUSUAL WHEN YOU ARE EXERTING YOURSELF IN THE SNOW. JENNY: THE COLD CAN CAUSE ARTERIES TO CONSTRICT, SO THE HEART DOES NOT GET ENOUGH BLOODFLOW. PILE ON THE EXERTION FROM SNUFFLING, WHEN PEOPLE BECOME SHORT OF BREATH AND YOU COULD HAVE A PROBLEM. IT’S REASONABLE TO KNOW YOUR LIMITS AND TO NOT TRY TO EXERT YOURSELF BEYOND WHAT YOUR BODY IS CAPABLE OF DOING. JENNY : DR. SAY WARM UP BEFORE YOU SHOVEL LIKE YOU WOULD IF YOU WERE GOING TO WORK OUT. TAKE BREAKS AND TAKE HEART MEDICATION BEFORE SHOVELING. IF YOU HAD A RECENT HEART