WILLISTON, Vt. (WCAX) Williston firefighters want to make sure residents are safe when shoveling snow. They say they answer at least one cardiac-related call a week some of those are heart attacks from people shoveling. Shoveling snow can exhaust the same amount of energy as running on a treadmill full tilt.
Some signs and symptoms you should look out for include lightheadedness, dizziness, chest pain or pressure and shortness of breath. The Williston Fire Department says sometimes the pain can start in your jaw or shoulder and spread to your chest.
"Our recommendations are to not, if you can avoid it, to shovel snow right when you get up. In the early morning, blood has a higher chance of clotting. So if you can wait about a half an hour before you go out and shovel the snow definitely do that," said senior Williston firefighter Prescott Nadeau.
Nadeau says he understands shoveling is a physical activity but if you start to show signs of a heart attack, stop immediately and take a break. If you are still showing signs 15 minutes later, that's when you should call 911.