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Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study

“Snow shoveling is a demanding cardiovascular exercise require more than 75 percent of the maximum heart rate"

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    In this Jan. 27, 2015, file photo, a man shovels snow on the Upper East Side of New York City.

    Men are more likely to have a heart attack after a snowfall, probably from shoveling snow, according to Canadian researchers.

    NBC News reported that researchers found a slight increase in heart attacks and deaths following a storm in Quebec. With each day of snow, these likelihoods increased. A single day of snowfall raised a man’s risk of heart attack by just less than one percent, the researchers reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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    “Men are potentially more likely than women to shovel, particularly after heavy snowfalls,” researchers wrote. “Snow shoveling is a demanding cardiovascular exercise require more than 75 percent of the maximum heart rate, particularly with heavy loads.”

    The study found that men were one-third more likely to die after an eight-inch snowfall compared to a dry day. Researchers did not find a similar trend with women.