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.