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Be Safe When Shoveling Snow

Last updated on Saturday, December 29, 2012

(UNDATED) - Now that the snow has fallen, many people will be out shoveling their driveways, sidewalks and porches.

Dr. Christopher Doehring, Vice-President at St. Francis Hospital, says shoveling snow can be a dangerous experience, especially if someone is unaware of their underlying heart condition.

Dr. Doehring compares shoveling snow to the maximum stress test, and the results can be catastrophic. He says if someone is having chest pains, shortness of breath, nausea, or just doesn't feel quite right after shoveling snow, they should see a doctor and get themselves checked out.

Dr. Doehring says this time of year is also common for "slip-and-fall" injuries as sidewalks and parking lots get clear of snow, but become very icy and slick. Dr. Doehring says the emergency room will see lots of hip fractures and shoulder and knee injuries in the next few weeks as a result of slick conditions.

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