Medical experts urge caution when shoveling show

By WEEK Producer

Medical experts urge caution when shoveling show

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM CDT

ALTON, Ill. -- A medical warning after a Southern Illinois man dies from a heart attack while removing snow.

The Madison County Coroner said Carl Walker, 66, of Alton was using a snow blower Thursday morning when he began complaining of trouble breathing.

Walker's wife took his to a local hospital where doctors determined he was having a heart attack. He died a short time later.

Medical experts say with a snow storm comes an increase in reported heart attacks and cardiac deaths as individuals exert themselves while shoveling snow.

A full load of snow can weigh up to 15 or 20 pounds on a shovel, making shoveling an intense exercise.

Doctors advise residents not to try clearing the snow all at once. Instead take breaks to relax your muscles and warm up inside.