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Shoveling Snow

Aside from back injuries and achy muscles, shoveling the driveway for arriving holiday guests can put you at an increased risk of cardiac arrest. According to several studies, the number of people who die of heart failure due to exertion tends to spike in the week following a blizzard. If you lead a mostly sedentary lifestyle, shovel snow slowly and in short intervals, especially if you smoke or have a history of heart disease.

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