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Snow with Shovels and Heart Attack – the myth or fact

December 17, 2011

Shoveling snow and the risk of heart attack, an urban legend, until recently, fallen into limbo somewhere between myth and fact. In a recent retrospective study of 500 patients admitted to hospital Kingston General over the past two winters, cardiologists crunched numbers for a shovel snow and heart attacks and believe they have found the answer, whether this is a myth or urban legend fatal fact.

A study conducted earlier this year, researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at the National Children Hospital showed that during 1990 and 2006 an average of 11 500 snow shovel injuries and complications sent U.S. patients annually ambulance.

Published in the January 2011 edition of the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, snow shovel injuries are counted in different categories:

• Soft tissue injuries (55 percent)
• Lacerations and fractures (16 percent and 7 percent respectively)
• Lower back injuries (34 percent), followed by a hand injury, and hands (16 percent) and traumatic brain injuries (15 percent)
• Acute stress the musculoskeletal system (54 percent)
• Pants or falls (20 percent)
• Being struck by snow shovel (15 percent)

For heart attacks shoveling snow falls on the seven per cent and played some more recent studies conducted at Kingston Hospital, led by Adrian Baranchuk, MD, professor in the School of Medicine and cardiologist at the Queen’s Kingston General Hospital.

According to the release of Queen’s University News, Dr. Baranchuk believes that these figures show that there is more than fact, myth, shovel snow heart attack urban legend. “That is a huge amount,” says Dr. Baranchuk. “Seven percent did in much of the medicine. In addition, if we take into account that we have missed some patients who did not mention that they were snow shovel at a time when the episode occurred, this figure could be double.”

Dr. Baranchuk and staff research found that there are three major factors that place individuals at high risk of heart attack during a snow shovel:

• The first factor is gender-31, 35 patients were male.
• The second factor is family history of premature coronary heart disease, 20 of 35 patients had a family history of heart disease.
• The third factor is smoking -16 of 35 patients were smokers.

The study’s authors argue that the second and third factors, which may be more significant than the first factor, but can not be determined due to the relative preponderance of men shovel snow over the number of women from the data used in this study.

The study authors also found that of those who have history with four or more heart-related medications during an active shovel snow, cardiac medications that can attribute to a preventive measure, have a heart attack during a snow shovel in the winter.

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One Comment
  1. Dianna permalink

    You’r story helped me a lot, thank you for that, I’m going to use it, bookmarking your post at the moment!

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