Billings Clinic warns of heart attack risks when shoveling snow - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Billings Clinic warns of heart attack risks when shoveling snow

Posted: Updated:

Billings Clinic hands out more than one hundred stickers at hardware stores across Billings to raise awareness about the health risks shoveling snow can pose. 

The stickers list the signs of a heart attack, urging people to get help if they are experiencing any of the symptoms. 

Kandis Albertson, supervisor of Billings Hardware wants to warn people after one of her employees suffered a heart attack after he shoveled snow off his driveway.

"He had been here shoveling and we asked him not to because we knew he wasn't feeling well. He went home saying he wasn't feeling well and shoveled his own driveway and a little while later had a heart attack," Albertson said.

According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, a study found 11,000 people were hospitalized per year due to snow related injuries that include head injuries, back injuries and heart attacks.

 "The cold weather constricts your blood vessels and between that and the workload of doing the shoveling, it puts a lot of strain on your heart," said "Kierra Knox, a registered nurse  and chest pain coordinator at Billings Clinic. 

Knox also says most people might not attribute the symptoms they're experiencing to a heart attack but rather strain from shoveling. 

"It's really difficult to tell the difference which is why we encourage patients to call 911, especially if it's subtly different from the previous time they've done it," Knox adds.

Minimizing risks like preventing hypothermia, guarding against slips and knowing your health history are important to remember when shoveling snow.

"So patients who already have heart histories like heart failure or previous heart attack, we encourage them to take it slow. scoop smaller loads of snow, use smaller shovels that sort of thing," Knox said. "Make sure you're well hydrated. Stretch before hand. You know just don't do it all at once." 

Kandis also says the type of shovel that you're using plays a big role. 

"Number one a better shovel is going to be more sturdy and as you're going it's going to keep that snow in front of you and not kind of bending and letting snow go everywhere," Kandis adds.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Mountain Lions spotted in Billings

    Mountain Lions spotted in Billings

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:43:38 GMT
    A Facebook post shared this week talks of Mountain Lions within Billings city limits.  Multiple people spotted the Mountain Lions on the west end of town heading towards the Rims. Residents were concerned in the comments of the post but Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Bob Gibson and ZooMontana Executive Director Jeff Ewelt said Mountain Lions frequent the Billings area.  Gibson said FWP is frequently notified of lions on the outskirts of the Heights and West End.  Ewelt said ...
    A Facebook post shared this week talks of Mountain Lions within Billings city limits.  Multiple people spotted the Mountain Lions on the west end of town heading towards the Rims. Residents were concerned in the comments of the post but Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Bob Gibson and ZooMontana Executive Director Jeff Ewelt said Mountain Lions frequent the Billings area.  Gibson said FWP is frequently notified of lions on the outskirts of the Heights and West End.  Ewelt said ...
  • Grizzly encounters increase as Fall arrives

    Grizzly encounters increase as Fall arrives

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:28:42 GMT
    Over the past several days more and more bear sightings and encounters have been reported.  As winter is looming bear's hunt for food becomes more vital and you just may be in the way.  ZooMontana Executive Director, Jeff Ewelt, said this is a time to be very bear aware.  That's because the two to four months before hibernation bears are in hyperphagia.  Jeff said, "Basically what that is, is a two to four month period where they're in hyperactivity looking fo...
    Over the past several days more and more bear sightings and encounters have been reported.  As winter is looming bear's hunt for food becomes more vital and you just may be in the way.  ZooMontana Executive Director, Jeff Ewelt, said this is a time to be very bear aware.  That's because the two to four months before hibernation bears are in hyperphagia.  Jeff said, "Basically what that is, is a two to four month period where they're in hyperactivity looking fo...
  • Montana College Fair Circuit makes its way to Billings

    Montana College Fair Circuit makes its way to Billings

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 7:48 PM EDT2018-09-18 23:48:08 GMT

    The statewide Montana College Fair Circuit welcomes almost 2,000 students at the Alterowitz Gymnasium on the campus of MSU-Billings Tuesday.

    The statewide Montana College Fair Circuit welcomes almost 2,000 students at the Alterowitz Gymnasium on the campus of MSU-Billings Tuesday.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Name released of suspect in trespassing at Old Faithful at Yellowstone

    Name released of suspect in trespassing at Old Faithful at Yellowstone

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 4:02 PM EDT2018-09-18 20:02:16 GMT

    A crowd watching Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park was alarmed to see an adult man leave the boardwalk and stand on some of the park's most beloved - and dangerous - thermal features.

    A crowd watching Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park was alarmed to see an adult man leave the boardwalk and stand on some of the park's most beloved - and dangerous - thermal features.

  • Mountain Lions spotted in Billings

    Mountain Lions spotted in Billings

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:43 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:43:38 GMT
    A Facebook post shared this week talks of Mountain Lions within Billings city limits.  Multiple people spotted the Mountain Lions on the west end of town heading towards the Rims. Residents were concerned in the comments of the post but Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Bob Gibson and ZooMontana Executive Director Jeff Ewelt said Mountain Lions frequent the Billings area.  Gibson said FWP is frequently notified of lions on the outskirts of the Heights and West End.  Ewelt said ...
    A Facebook post shared this week talks of Mountain Lions within Billings city limits.  Multiple people spotted the Mountain Lions on the west end of town heading towards the Rims. Residents were concerned in the comments of the post but Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Bob Gibson and ZooMontana Executive Director Jeff Ewelt said Mountain Lions frequent the Billings area.  Gibson said FWP is frequently notified of lions on the outskirts of the Heights and West End.  Ewelt said ...
  • Bozeman's Midtown Tavern will no longer host Trump Jr. rally

    Bozeman's Midtown Tavern will no longer host Trump Jr. rally

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 1:14 AM EDT2018-09-19 05:14:48 GMT

    The owner of the restaurant originally announced to host next week’s rally says they were unaware that the event was politically motivated, and due to a “no politics” policy, they’ve asked the campaign to find another venue.

    The owner of the restaurant originally announced to host next week’s rally says they were unaware that the event was politically motivated, and due to a “no politics” policy, they’ve asked the campaign to find another venue.

  • Hunting guide killed and hunter injured in Wyoming bear attack during elk hunt

    Hunting guide killed and hunter injured in Wyoming bear attack during elk hunt

    Sunday, September 16 2018 11:59 AM EDT2018-09-16 15:59:50 GMT
    https://www.gofundme.com/mark-uptainhttps://www.gofundme.com/mark-uptain

    The body of a hunting guide was recovered Saturday following a bear attack Friday 5.8 miles northeast of the Turpin Meadow Trailhead.

    The body of a hunting guide was recovered Saturday following a bear attack Friday 5.8 miles northeast of the Turpin Meadow Trailhead.

  • Caught on Camera: Man steps into Old Faithful as tourists yell

    Caught on Camera: Man steps into Old Faithful as tourists yell

    Sunday, September 16 2018 1:36 PM EDT2018-09-16 17:36:51 GMT
    Ashley Lemanski captures video of a man standing on Old Faithful Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018Ashley Lemanski captures video of a man standing on Old Faithful Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
    Ashley Lemanski captures video of a man standing on Old Faithful Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018Ashley Lemanski captures video of a man standing on Old Faithful Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

    Tourists visiting Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park were beside themselves as they observed what appears to be an adult man dressed in black leave the boardwalk and stand on the geyser. 

    Tourists visiting Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park were beside themselves as they observed what appears to be an adult man dressed in black leave the boardwalk and stand on the geyser. 

  • Armed robbery suspect at large

    Armed robbery suspect at large

    Monday, September 17 2018 1:52 PM EDT2018-09-17 17:52:14 GMT

    According to Billings Police, a strong armed robbery occurred at a private residence on the 3600 block of Olympic Boulevard around 10:30 on Monday, September 17th. 

    According to Billings Police, a strong armed robbery occurred at a private residence on the 3600 block of Olympic Boulevard around 10:30 on Monday, September 17th. 

  • Remains of Flathead reservation resident found in North Dakota

    Remains of Flathead reservation resident found in North Dakota

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 12:26 PM EDT2018-09-18 16:26:38 GMT

    MANNING, N.D.- Authorities say a body found in North Dakota belongs to a person from the Flathead Indian Reservation. 

    MANNING, N.D.- Authorities say a body found in North Dakota belongs to a person from the Flathead Indian Reservation. 

  • 15-year-old taken into custody after driving drunk with baby in car

    15-year-old taken into custody after driving drunk with baby in car

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 10:50 AM EDT2018-09-18 14:50:39 GMT

    Police in Wisconsin say they pulled a 15-year-old boy over for reckless driving and discovered the teen was drunk and had a baby in the back seat.    Mount Pleasant police say the baby's mother and another teen in the car were also intoxicated. Sgt. Eric Relich says police responded to a report of a reckless driver about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Relich says someone saw the driver swerving and driving into oncoming traffic.

    Police in Wisconsin say they pulled a 15-year-old boy over for reckless driving and discovered the teen was drunk and had a baby in the back seat.    Mount Pleasant police say the baby's mother and another teen in the car were also intoxicated. Sgt. Eric Relich says police responded to a report of a reckless driver about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Relich says someone saw the driver swerving and driving into oncoming traffic.