Cardiologist warns snow shovelers of heart attack risk

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A Bennington cardiologist is warning snow shovelers to watch out for signs of heart attacks.

Doctor Scott Rogge says three elderly people died at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after suffering heart attacks while shoveling snow in the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day storm.

Rogge says heart problems after a snow storm are common, but three fatalities is unusual. He says the hospital also treated 10 patients for nonfatal cardiac problems attributed to shoveling.

Rogge says all three people who died ignored warning signs. The warning signs include chest pains, unusual shortness of breath and sweating.

Officials at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington say they had one shoveling-related fatality.

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