This is how cold it is in the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor: a man was found frozen solid in his garage after shoveling snow on Tuesday.
It has been below zero in the area for several days and on Tuesday authorities reported that Milwaukee resident Charley Lampley, 55, was found frozen solid in his garage, Chicago’s CBS affiliate reported.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Lampley was found on the garage floor next to s snow shovel.
The man was fully clothed, gloved and booted, and ready for the weather.
He was not found until morning so he lay there over night.
Medical Examiner: 55-year-old man found frozen in garage after shoveling
— CBS 58 News (@CBS58) January 30, 2019
Authorities imagine that Lampley had a heart attack after shoveling snow and keeled over in the garage.
By some counts about 100 people die every year from heart attacks from shoveling snow.
“A study looking at data from 1990 to 2006 by researchers at the US Nationwide Children’s Hospital recorded 1,647 fatalities from cardiac-related injuries associated with shoveling snow. In Canada, these deaths make the news every winter,” the BBC recently reported.
One reason that shoveling is a problem is because it requires arm work as opposed to leg work. Arm work is far more strenuous than leg work. Indeed, shoveling snow is worse than many exercise programs.
Cardiologist Barry Franklin, an expert in the hazardous effects of snow removal, believes the number of deaths could be double that. “I believe we lose hundreds of people each year because of this activity,” says Franklin, director of preventative cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital, Michigan.
His team found that when healthy young men shoveled snow, their heart rate and blood pressure increased more than when they exercised on a treadmill. “Combine this with cold air, which causes arteries to constrict and decrease blood supply, you have a perfect storm for a heart attack,” he says.
So, let’s be careful out there, folks.
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