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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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    Shoveling Snow Can Be Deadly for Men: Study
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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.

    “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.

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