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Snow Shoveling Caused 3 Cardiac Arrests in Howard County: Officials

A bystander called in the first incident Thursday morning, Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services said.

Use caution when shoveling snow. (Credit: Sachem Patch)
Use caution when shoveling snow. (Credit: Sachem Patch)
A man who was shoveling snow from his driveway collapsed Thursday morning in Woodstock and went into cardiac arrest, according to the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services.

"A bystander witnessed him collapse," department spokeswoman Maria Hogg said.

The citizen called 911 at 9:37 a.m., and officials said it was too soon to know whether the man—and two others who went into cardiac arrest shoveling snow in the hours that followed—would survive.

UPDATE: Howard County Men Killed in Weather-Related Incidents 

The two additional cardiac arrests were in Columbia, one near Cedar Park and another off Owen Brown, Hogg said.

"We urge you to not overexert yourself," the department advised. "Take breaks, hydrate, ask for help!"

Here are some tips from Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services:
  • Shovel a little at a time—this is a heavy, wet snow.
  • Stretch.
  • Take breaks.
  • Hydrate.
  • Keep your cell phone on you outside in case of emergency.
  • Tell family/friends when you will be outside.
Do you have any tips for safe shoveling? Tell us in the comments!
MG42 February 13, 2014 at 05:08 PM
The problem is that people in Howard County are fat and out of shape.
Bernie Trenary February 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Hey look . . . a TROLL! And a comment like THAT shows he has NO CREDIBILITY whatsoever! Regardless, my thoughts and prayers to those affected by these tragic events!
Nadine Kaelber February 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Unfortunately, all 3 died
fred quimby February 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM
That's a shame. I was thinking of these 3 unfortunate men as I spent 3.5 hours Friday and saturday clearing my driveway.
MG42 February 22, 2014 at 01:12 PM
The moral of the story is to exercise, eat right and stay in shape. Take care of your heart, you only have one. I believe 70% of Howard County residents are overweight. That's shameful.

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