Nobody likes digging the heavy, cold snow from their driveway, and there are several good reasons why. Your back will ache, your fingers will freeze, and you low-key know that as soon as you’ve cleared it, it will start to snow again. However, there’s also a more serious reason to be cautious when shifting slush at home - snow shovelling has actually been linked to heart attacks.\nTo share the importance of safe snow removal, Health Canada released a report explaining just how badly things can go wrong if you aren’t careful when clearing your driveway.\nIn a statement on their website, the government agency explains, “Aside from being a somewhat tedious task, shovelling can also be a very dangerous activity.”\nTheir advisory goes on, “The physical demands of shovelling combined with cold temperatures can pose fatal risks to the heart.”\nIf this wasn’t scary enough, Health Canada has also shared concerns about carbon monoxide poisoning when digging out your driveway, meaning you could also be killed by a lethal concentration of exhaust fumes when you're clearing off your car.\nThanks, winter.\nExplaining the dangers, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada also warns, “Strenuous exercise and cold weather each have the ability to increase blood pressure and heart rate. … But when [they’re] combined, the risk of heart attack is even greater.”\nWith heavy #snow:⚠️When out shovelling, don’t overexert yourself. Take breaks, hydrate and dress for the conditions.💞Check in on neighbours and offer assistance.❄️Be safe around snowbanks➡️More #winterstorm tips: https://t.co/jcwBI84siA #snowmegeddon2020 #nlsnowstorm2020 pic.twitter.com/1SsKtYcv6L— Canadian Red Cross (@redcrosscanada) January 20, 2020\n“As your heart beats faster, the shape of your blood vessels can change. Studies have shown that those who have died while shovelling snow … have plaque inside their blood vessels that has ruptured,” they say.\n“This rupture may be caused by an increase in blood pressure or changes in vascular tone linked to physical exertion.”\nFortunately, the government health agency has made several recommendations for keeping safe this season, and it's worth letting your designated slush-shovellers know!\nAttention for the winter season! If you are someone at risk for heart disease, be extremely cautious when shovelling snow! Strenuous exercise, especially in cold temperatures increases strain on your heart. Take it slow, take breaks frequently, and drink lots of water! #biom4180 https://t.co/BN6iLCYMc2— Madison Feijo (@madison_uog) January 21, 2020\nThe Canadian Government recommends the following:\nWarm up — Like all exercise, you should start with basic stretches before you begin. \n\n\nLayer upon layer — The body will quickly warm up when clearing your driveway, so wear layers to avoid overheating.\n\n\nAvoid a full stomach — They say "a full stomach can cause strain on the heart during physical activity."\n\n\n Take a break — Stopping regularly will give your heart a much-needed rest.\n\n\nBuddy system — Try and dig out with a friend, it halves the workload and you can keep an eye on one another.\n\n\nConsult your doctor — If you have health concerns, you should check with your doctor to make sure you can handle shovelling this season.\nShovelling snow is hard work and has been known to result in heart attacks. Take it easy! Take breaks, stay hydrated and know how to recognize the signs that you may be in trouble and require medical attention. https://t.co/3pu8rveZr5#nlblizzard2020 #nlstorm pic.twitter.com/9x6mxSEHMu— CanRedCrossNL (@canredcrossnl) January 17, 2020\nWhen it comes to staying safe from carbon monoxide poisoning, the most important thing is to start by removing any snow covering your car’s tailpipe.\nThe deadly mistake is to turn on your engine and start digging out your car, without remembering this vital first step.\nAs the engine runs, the carbon monoxide can accumulate underneath and inside the car, meaning you could be breathing in a lethal dose of exhaust fumes.\nAlways check that tailpipe, people!\nDon't forget to clear the snow from your furnace vents in order to keep them working properly and Carbon Monoxide levels safe! #Ottawa #justalittlesnow #Shovelling #Ottnews #Barrhaven— JohnOSullivan.ca (@OttawaPro) February 13, 2019\nMore information about staying safe in the snow can be found here.