Stories tagged with: Shoveling

February 16, 2016 - 5:30pm
19 weeks 2 days ago

 Tuesday morning’s snowfall has quite a lot of people out shoveling snow.

We visited the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department to talk to Dr. Vicki Whitacre about some of the health related issues that can be caused from the heavy snow lifting.

“Shoveling snow right now with this last snowfall we had is really going to be hard on people because it’s wet and very heavy. So you need to take little shovel loads at a time rather than a full scoop,...

November 27, 2013 - 6:51pm
2 years 30 weeks ago

Sprains, strains, cuts and falling are common injuries when completing the seasonal chore. But if you've had medical problems such as a heart attack or any other serious medical condition, you may want to think twice before picking up the shovel.

"Shoveling snow is a vigorous exercise and very hard work and people don't realize that," explained Dr. Vicki Whitacre. "And if they don't listen to clues from their body and stop, they can actually precipitate or...

December 26, 2012 - 5:22pm
3 years 26 weeks ago

This latest winter storm is definitely packing a punch. Starting out as a wintery mix this morning, the accumulating snow was very wet and heavy, causing slick roads and heavy amounts for people shoveling the snow like John Burns.

"Not good. I wish it would make up it's mind and either be snow or rain but not the mix. This stuff is really heavy to shovel.  We had a good idea we were going to get something but just weren't sure what and I don't think we know yet if it is going...

January 12, 2011 - 5:29pm
5 years 24 weeks ago

Shoveling snow can lead to serious heart and back problems. The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department wants you to know how to prevent this from happening.

Each year an estimated 1,200 deaths are due to heart attacks brought on by snow shoveling.  People who have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or smoke are at an even greater risk.

"This is due to the increased exercise that they are doing, the lifting, it's the equivalent of moderate exercise, so if you...

January 5, 2010 - 6:12pm
6 years 25 weeks ago

The snow keeps coming, and that means more of us will break out those shovels to clear sidewalks and driveways.

Yet, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department says you need to be careful out in the snow.

"It's cold. So, it's taking more energy for your body to maintain your body temperature. Therefore, that's stressful on your heart. For these people that have heart problems, they need to be very careful not to exceed their abilities, and if they do have to shovel...

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