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Doctors warn of the dangers of shoveling

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Driving isn't the only activity that can become dangerous during a snow-storm.

Shoveling all that snow can be even be deadly.

Recently in the Minneapolis area at least three people suffered heart attacks while clearing sidewalks.

Two of those heart attacks were deadly.

But doctors point out that dozens more people visited the E.R., complaining of chest pain.

"A lot of times people aren't as aware of the amount of exertion they're putting forth because they're cold," said Dr. Nathan Anderson. "It's not like you're hot at the gym or things like that. So I think a lot of times that masks things for people."

Doctors say you should stop shovelling if you're feeling tired, if you have chest pain, if you're light headed or short of breath.

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