Take it easy if you’re having to shovel snow this winter.
Research shows hospitals tend to see a high number of people suffering heart attacks during the months of December and January.
Cardiologist Doctor Louie Kostopoulos says it’s never smart to hide symptoms of a heart attack and then trying to do physical work like clearing snow.
“Having a sedentary lifestyle most of the year, and suddenly getting out in the cold weather, can trigger the heart vessels to spasm, the heart rate accelerates, the blood pressure can rise,” he explains.
Kostopoulos says the stress of the holiday season can also increase one’s risk of heart attack.