Fall yard-work and your heart

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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013 10:07 am | Updated: 10:13 am, Fri Sep 27, 2013.

A change in seasons also means many of us will be making changes to our yards.

Prepping for winter usually means lots of leave-raking, trimming, and cleaning and, yard-work can be hard on your heart.

Raking leaves is one of the fall yard chores that can have the biggest impact on your heart. It’s considered an aerobic activity because of all of the twisting and bending involved. Even doing things like clearing debris or trimming trees and bushes can get your heart pumping.

If you have a history of heart disease or aren’t physically active- warm-up before you start and take frequent breaks, and, listen to your body for any potential warning signs.

If your symptoms are severe and persist you should call 9-1-1 right away.

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