Why snow shovelling can be DEADLY: Activity puts an unusual amount of strain on the heart, say scientists

An epic storm plowed through the US this weekend, killing at least 31 people in eleven states.

Among those victims were a pregnant 18-year-old who died shovelling snow in Pennsylvania, as well as a U.S. Capitol Police officer who suffered a heart attack while shovelling snow at home.

Three people in New York died while shovelling, as well as two from Maryland and another person in DC.

Here, writing for The Conversation, Jack Goodman, professor and adjunct scientists at University of Toronto, explains why shovelling snow can be so dangerous – and what you should do to make it safer.

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