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Guide To Good Health: WPAHS Asks Hunters to Target Health and Safety as Deer Season Nears

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Tens of thousands of Pennsylvania hunters will take to the woods Nov. 29 for the annual antlered deer season, celebrating love of the outdoors, sportsmanship and camaraderie. Yet each year this much-anticipated season is marred by heart attacks, which pose as big a danger to hunters as careless hunting practices.
“The vast majority of hunters know and observe gun and tree stand safety, but too often they overestimate their physical abilities in the field,” said Jonathan Landis, MD, a veteran hunter and an emergency medicine physician at Canonsburg Hospital, part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System. “Heart attacks are one of the biggest dangers to hunters, and one that often is ignored during preparations for the season.”

“Hunting can be very strenuous exercise, spiked with emotion-charged bursts of activity as prey is spotted and pursued,” said Dr. Landis. “The adrenaline rush can be especially dangerous for people who have already had a heart attack or experienced chest pain.”

 

To read more visit the Western PA Guide to Good Health

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