We all know that diet and exercise are important to heart health. But we may not realize that shoveling snow is strenuous exercise that could be too much of a burden on our hearts, especially if we’ve been more sedentary in colder months.
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In fact, too much exertion, too quickly, can actually trigger a heart attack — especially in the cold, when our arteries tend to constrict, which in turn, can drive up our blood pressure.
Watch cardiologist Leslie Cho, MD, as she describes the danger to our hearts that we may not recognize during the winter months. She also offers practical tips to protecting this vital organ.