Snow shoveling raises heart attack risk, study confirms

Staying safe while shoveling snow

December 15, 2011 2:05:12 PM PST
A new study confirms what we all have believed: Snow shoveling really does raise your heart attack risk.

While many people believe this, there has been little actual evidence.

Canadian researchers reviewed the records of 500 patients with heart problems over two winter seasons.

Of those patients , 7 percent started experiencing heart symptoms while shoveling snow.

Doctors say 7 percent of anything in medicine is a significant proportion.

Researchers also identified three main factors that put people at risk: Being male, having a family history of premature coronary artery disease and smoking.

The study was published in the journal Clinical Research in Cardiology.