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Why medical experts are calling recent weather "Heart-Attack Snow"

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METRO—The medical field is using Monday as a reminder that shoveling snow can be a health hazard.

They call the recent snowfall "Heart-Attack Snow."

The amount of moisture makes it heavier for shovelers and easier to over-exert yourself, which could potentially lead to a heart attack.

Experts say elderly and those who normally have a sedentary lifestyle are more at risk than others.

"People who are inactive throughout the year or have pre-existing medical conditions, and then they go out and shovel and that's the first physical activity they've had since the summer mowing the lawn," said Alexa Reynolds, Exercise Physiologist.

The American Heart Association recommends taking frequent breaks, drinking plenty of water, and shoveling smaller scoops of snow to lessen the risk of a heart attack.