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Guard your health in the last days of winter weather

Snow removal poses a serious health risk even in the waning days of such weather. (Source: WXOW/CNN) Snow removal poses a serious health risk even in the waning days of such weather. (Source: WXOW/CNN)

LA CROSSE, WI (CNN/WXOW) - It is spring on the calendar, but some parts of the U.S. are still enduring the full force of winter.

That means snow and, for some, it can be a serious health risk.

Emergency room doctors say when it comes to snow, they know just what to expect.

"People coming in with snow shoveling and snow blowing injuries," said Dr. Barret Meyers Wolfson of the Mayo Clinic Health Systems.

Myers Wolfson reminds people that snow shoveling can be exhausting.

"If you're not regularly going to the gym, working out at least a couple days a week, it can be a pretty big strain on you, especially elderly people and people who have heart conditions already," the doctor said.

She said every snow storm she sees people with chest pain and heart attack symptoms. But she does offer some advice.

"Push the snow rather than lift it, if you can avoid that," she said.  "Lift by bending your knees rather than bending over with your back to avoid back injuries."

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