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Heart Health Twitter Quiz: Snow Shoveling

If you have coronary heart disease, you should not shovel the driveway

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True or False: If you have coronary heart disease, you should not shovel the driveway.

  • True
  • False

Answer: True

In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say:
Each year, shoveling snow sends more than 11,000 people to the hospital. While most have orthopedic injuries, 7 percent have cardiac problems, and many of these are heart attacks. In the person with coronary artery disease, the spikes in heart rate and blood pressure associated with shoveling snow can trigger a heart attack. If you have coronary artery disease, stay safe and take care of your heart: hire a neighborhood teenager or a local snow plow to take care of your driveway.

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