Heart Attack from Shoveling Snow? How to Prevent it

You’ve probably seen many blogs circulating on how to prevent a heart attack, we’re guessing you haven’t seen our new addition to the list. The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over an average lifetime, and with such a heavy workload, the heart can sometime fail or experience complications. The good news is that a heart attack can be prevented or at least minimized by making healthy life choices. Keep reading to reveal our 6 ways to a healthy heart, and prevention of a heart attack.

1. Maintain a heart healthy diet

Eating healthy is the key to having a stronger heart. But what constitutes a diet for a healthy heart?

  • Eat fruits and vegetables, proteins and whole grains.
  • Make small changes like using spices to season your food instead of salt.
  • Avoid trans fat, as it increases your bad cholesterol levels and lowers the good ones.

2. Quit those unhealthy habits

First and foremost; stop smoking!

Tobacco use makes you vulnerable to heart disease, so we advise quitting smoking. However, you should also avoid secondhand smoke, such as surrounding yourself with smokers. It may be hard, but it may save your life.

3. Start a heart healthy exercise program

We all hear it; ‘exercise more!’ It sounds daunting, and time consuming; in reality it’s the little changes that add up:

  1. Exercise reduces blood pressure, reducing your strain on the heart.
  2. Start a daily exercise routine.
  3. Staying seated for a long period of time is unhealthy. Stand up and walk around.

These simple changes in your everyday life could be the determining factor in living a long, and healthy life.

4. Sleep your way to a healthy heart

Sleep allows your body to recover which is good for not only your heart but overall health. When you sleep, your blood pressure and heart rate lowers, taking a break, and don’t underestimate the fact that your body does need a break. Sleeping too little can heighten stress levels, increase your blood pressure, and crate inflammation in your body. All around, we suggest going to bed a little earlier, or sleeping a bit later for prevention of a heart attack.

5. Managing stress and anger

There’s a reason for the term ‘bad blood’. The term itself originates from a feeling of emotional turmoil, anger, and hostility. Don’t let these feelings create actual bad blood in your body. Stress changes the way the blood clots, increasing chances of a heart attack. It is normal to get angry and be stressed, but do not let it be too much. Easy to say, we know. Being too angry can lead to high blood pressure which can lead to undue strain on the heart. It is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle to prevent health complications in the future. Spread these tips to help others prevent a heart attack and live a longer life with a healthy heart!

6. Stop shoveling snow for a healthy heart

heart-attack-prevention-shoveling-snowThat’s right:  this last way to a healthy heart may be a surprise, but we strongly recommend it. About 100 Americans die each year of a heart attack after or during snow shoveling. Many more are admitted to the hospital with chest pain or other heart problems. The fact of the matter is that shoveling snow, especially heavy, wet snow can raise your heart rate and blood pressure infinitely faster than running all out on a treadmill. This, in combination with fact that you will be shoveling out in the cold; the cold temperatures may cause blood vessels to constrict. These two reasons put together can combine to trigger a heart attack. Don’t let this happen to you.


If you believe you are suffering from a heart attack, call 911 immediately. And for other heart health issues, visit our AFC Vernon urgent care center where we have professionals available 7 days a week, no appointment needed. Find us locally at 179 Talcottville rd. Vernon, CT.