The Winter Storm Warning in effect for much of Upper Michigan is now being seen in the region. Steady snowfall has begun to fall across the region and may drop as much as a foot of snow in some areas.
While traveling will be an issue, there is also the burden of removing that snow.
It’s certainly a part of life in the U.P., but it can sometimes be dangerous.
Shoveling is the only physical activity many people in cold climates get during the winter months.
The heavier the snow, the harder the activity of shoveling is on the heart.
The burden is even greater when combined with freezing temperatures.
Dr. John Pap of the Marquette General Heart Institute says if you have things like heart disease or blockages in your arteries, shoveling increases your likelihood of having a stroke or heart attack.
When removing snow, it’s important to pace yourself.
If you start to feel lightheaded, or if there’s any pain in your chest, stop immediately and seek medical attention.
The American Heart Association says anyone who isn’t conditioned for the physical stress of heavy snow removal can also suffer from back strain and muscle aches.