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Doctors warn shoveling heavy snow not good for some

Doctors warn about the risk for a heart attack while shoveling heavy snow Tuesday and Wednesday. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The heavy snowfall serves as a remind to be careful while shoveling.

Doctors warn about the risk for a heart attack while shoveling heavy snow Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you are over the age of 65 or have certain risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or if you are a smoker, you could be at risk.

If your heart does not receive enough blood, you might have a heart attack.

"People who are sedentary are also at very high risk for having bad things happen when they start to exercise, particularly shoveling snow," said Dr. Eduardo Arazoza, a cardiologist with UR Medicine.

If you have to shovel, experts say that you should warm up first. In addition, listen to your body. If you have chest pains or shortness of breath, call for help immediately.

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