Green Bay, Wis. (WFRV) - Having a heart attack while snow shovelling is more common than you think, especially when the snow is wet and heavy, said Dr. Ryan Murphy, a physician at Aurora BayCare Health Center.
There are some signs to watch out for while you're shovelling snow.
"If they find they're getting chest pains, a squeezing sensation in the chest, it feels like an elephant is sitting on their chest, shortage of breath, light headed dizzy--those are all the signs that you need to stop, go inside, sit down and take a break," said Murphy.
People who are elderly, diabetic, have high cholesterol, or an underlying health issue are at a greater risk of having a heart attack.
Murphy says if you are experiencing any of those symptoms and they don't go away, that's when you need to seek medical help.
If you do have to shovel snow though, Dr. Murphy suggests make sure to only do a little bit at a time and take long breaks in between.
The best way to shovel snow is it bend your knees and be sure to keep your back straight so you don't hurt yourself while shovelling.