Snow Shoveling-Not for the Faint of Heart

February 2, 2015

If your patient asks you whether it is safe for him to get out there and shovel, here are some tips from the American Heart Association you might want to pass along.

A study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reported that average of 11,500 people are treated at US emergency departments every winter for snow shoveling–related injuries and medical emergencies. While most people are treated for soft tissue injuries, lacerations, and fractures, cardiac-related events account for every fatality. Men over age 55 are at highest risk.If your patient asks you whether it is safe for him to get out there and shovel, here are some tips from the American Heart Association you might want to pass along.