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Doctors: Be careful shoveling snow

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Snow shoveling can increase your chance for a heart attack.

Above, Interventional Cardiologist Michael Lauer, M.D. discusses the dangers associated with shoveling snow, how to recognize warning signs of a potential heart attack, and offers preventative measures that can be done to avoid cardiac events this winter.

Snow shovelers are also advised to watch their movements while slinging that snow as to not cause a back injury.

Emergency room doctors are reporting injuries throughout Mid-Michigan in the midst of this blast of cold weather.

Area hospitals say the majority of their cases involve treating minor slip and fall and snow-shovel related injuries.

A Covenant ER doctor said the first patient he treated was a 47-year-old who suffered a heart attack while snow shoveling.

Doctors warn with temperatures getting lower, be careful how you treat cold fingers and toes. Also, when your fingers and toes are cold that's a good warning sign that it's time to go indoors to avoid frostbite.

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