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WPXI-TV: Local hospitals see rise in snow-shoveling injuries

Monday, January 11th, 2010

With the amount of snow continuing to rise, local emergency rooms are seeing a rise in patients suffering from snow-shoveling related injuries.

The most common problems are chest pains and back injuries.

Head of Emergency Medicine at West Penn Hospital Dr. Thomas Campbell said shoveling snow is one of the main causes of heart attacks during the winter.

Campbell said lifting 10 shovels of snow in one minute can take as much energy as climbing seven flights of stairs.

Campbell said shoveling snow can cause a quick jump in heart rate and blood pressure. He said certain people should avoid shoveling if possible.

“Someone who is over the age of 40 or 45, lives a sedentary lifestyle or has known high blood pressure,” Campbell said. “Shoveling snow is a very risky endeavor.”

To read more or see the video, visit the WPXI-TV web site.

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