Every year, over 100 people die in the United States from shoveling snow according to a study at US Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The number is likely much higher than that as most of the deaths are reported as heart attacks.
When a person shovels snow, their pulse and blood pressure increases, and at the same time the cold air causes their arteries to restrict. Arm work can require more energy the leg work.
One cardiologist has even recommended that men over 55 should not shovel snow.