As the Tri-State begins its recovery from several snowstorms, experts are weighing in on how to protect your health.
A combination of freezing cold temperatures and strenuous exercise dramatically increases the workload of your heart, and for some can be deadly.
Before heading outdoors to clear away the snow, experts are saying it's important to know a few basic tips.
"You really shouldn't be out shoveling snow if you're not physically fit," says Dr. Phillip Adams, Deaconess Medical Director. "This cold weather and that additional exertion puts a lot of extra strain on your heart."
Health officials say this time of year can be busy.
Emergency rooms can potentially see an increase in patients from car accidents, to slipping on ice, and injuries related to sledding.
However, it's crucial to be aware of your health and well-being.
"Anybody that has a heart condition, it's advisable to have someone else shovel the snow or take care of it for you," says Adams.
Shovelers should aim to use small shovels to lift lighter amounts, and never tackle an entire driveway at once.
"You start to lose track of time," says Adams. "You start sweating and then with addition to that cold, puts a lot of additional strain on the body."