Oh the weather outside is frightful…

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I love our house.  I love that we have a spare bedroom for guests and an office and (of course) a garage.  T loves running around in the back yard and he has his own room so we don’t disturb him at nap-time.

That said, shoveling snow – am I right??  Initially it was nice, almost affirmation that we owned property – “Look at all these chores I have to do to maintain my home!”  Now it’s just another thing to get done in the morning before I can get out of the driveway. A literal pain in the back.

But aches and pains are not the only concern when shovelling snow.  Research completed by the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) show that over 60% of heart attacks in Canada happen between November and April.  That’s not shockingly above average for a 6 month window, but the surprising thing is that calls regarding heart attacks are 23% higher within 2 days of snowfall. Combine the stress of shovelling and potentially hazardous conditions which could prevent an ambulance from arriving quickly and you have a recipe for disaster.  What I find particularly interesting is the cause – It isn’t just that shovelling snow can raise your heart rate to 75% of your maximum safe range, but the cold weather actually causes blood to thicken in your body and restricts blood vessels, increasing the chances of a blood clot and driving up blood pressure, adding additional stress on the heart.

Now I’m a (somewhat) healthy #$ year old.  My family does have some history of heart problems, but my grandparents all lived well into their 80s and smoked more than England during the Industrial Revolution (a lot…).  That said you can never be too cautious, and now that I’m responsible for more than just myself it’s more important than ever to be prepared in case of an emergency.  That’s why we have a bottle of ASPRIN 81mg under the sink.

ASPRIN 81mg is approved in Canada for emergency use during a heart attack.  If you think you are having a heart attack call 911, then chew 2 tablets, it may help save your life.

The good news is we are more than halfway through winter, keep warm and stay safe.

And as always, good luck out there.

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