Snow on the East coast.
By Gary Marsh
January 23, 2016 1:49am CST
Well it seems that the East coast has had a dumping of snow according to the BBC up to 2 foot has been dumped on some states already claiming 8 lives. From what I have gleaned there are far too many deaths each year because of cardiac problems for people clearing the snow. At least 100 deaths per year. It seems that for many people this is a once a year excess of exercise who otherwise would be sedentary. Most will try to clear snow early in the morning during which circadian rhythms are at their most vulnerable between 06:00 and 10:00. The cold temperatures constrict the blood vessels slowing the circulation making it easier for clots to block arteries. Blood pressure increases as does the heart rate. The arms are over used during snow clearing rather than legs. When shovelling snow, lifting heavy amounts of snow usually causes the person to hold their breath when lifting which means that there is also less oxygen in the body. It seems that the latest recommendations are if you are over 55 then you should avoid it or be extra cautious if shovelling snow as many deaths occur in those above this age although they say this does not exclude those in their 30's or 40's. They recommend wearing several layers of clothing and to use a snow blower rather than just a shovel. They recommend pushing the snow as opposed to lifting it. We are very fortunate here in the UK as we rarely have snow just an inch or two centimeters will bring out country to a standstill as we are so ill prepared for it. Many younger drivers may have never experienced driving in snow. I guess many Canadians and Americans will laugh at this especially having witnessed the terrible snow that was dumped everywhere on the East coast last year. Where ever you are in Canada or the USA be safe and keep warm.
12 people like this
23 Jan 16
Shoveling is a hard work, I know that pushing is better than lifting, but sometimes I need to lift, because if we want to go out with the car, there is not enough space where to push the snow. In our small community, we all come out and clean our private road when it snows, now we have three more young men helping, the sons of our three neighbors.
24 Jan 16
We have a friend who snow blows the neighbourhood , he gets the driveways, we shovel the porch and walkways. It doesn't bother us because even though we are old, we are at the gym daily. We aren't there but two of our children have been home in our absence and the snow missed our area. It is a very strange winter.
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Jan 16
I can imagine that shovelling snow is hard work. I can relate to holding the breath too while lifting now that it has been mentioned. I don't know what I'd do as my back would take about 5 minutes of shovelling before saying 'that's it. Stop now or you're really going to suffer'. Must be awful to have so much snow to shift.
• United Kingdom
23 Jan 16
Where we used to live there were a lot of elderly people near us. I remember one year clearing the snow for five houses each neighbour came out and asked me to do it as they were too old and infirm to do it themselves. Blimey it nearly killed me. I know it definitely would now!
23 Jan 16
Canada has been spared this snowfall. Shovelling is hard work. Last year, with constant snow in February, I usually cleaned the driveway several times while it was still snowing. I also took a break every thirty minutes or so. One day, this then 58 year old, cleared our double driveway three times. I spent almost five hours out of doors. Who says retirement is boring?