Many who shovel snow rarely exercise. Picking up a shovel and moving several hundred pounds of snow can put a strain on your heart. Pushing a heavy snow blower can do the same thing. Additionally, cold weather is another contributor.

Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body — and call 9-1-1 if you feel:
• Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

• Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

• Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Uncertain it’s a heart attack? Have it checked out! Don’t wait, and don’t go by car! Call 9-1-1.  EMS agencies are equipped and trained to identify and treat heart attacks.

Act in Time! Do it for yourself; do it for your family.

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