Yesterday, Greenfield Firefighter/Paramedics responded to a person shoveling that had a sudden cardiac emergency. Upon successfully transporting the patient to the hospital, Greenfield Firefighters returned to the scene and finished shoveling his driveway. Gotta love those firefighters and paramedics. Good to see there are still people who care.
Some practical tips to avoid a heart attack while shoveling.
-Take frequent rest breaks so you don’t overstress your heart. Pay attention to how your body feels during those breaks.
-Don’t eat/drink a heavy meal /alcoholic beverages prior or soon after shoveling, can put an extra load on your heart.
-Use a small shovel or consider a snow thrower. It is safer to lift smaller amounts more times. When possible, simply push the snow.
-Learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body. Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1
Let this be a reminder to you and your family. If you have elderly family members, help them shovel! Photo and story via Greenfield Fire Department.