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Local doctor: Dangers of shoveling if you have certain medical conditions

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Picking up a shovel to scoop several pounds of snow is no easy task, and for those with certain medical conditions, it can even be dangerous.

Dr. John Peacock with UnityPoint Health St. Luke's Cardiology Services and Cardiovascular Associates says shoveling takes a lot of physical work and heavy lifting, and all of this can put a strain on the heart.

Dr. Peacock says the other complicating factor is the cold weather. Because your body is cold, he says many times people don't notice the signs of a heart attack.

Those include shortness of breath, cold sweat, and arm pain.

If you experience any abnormal physical changes after going back inside your home, call 911 or your local emergency number.

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