Middletown heart healthy breakfast and seminar; Safe snow shoveling tips

SOURCE: GMN News.com

Arbor Terrace of Middletown
welcomes the community to enjoy a complimentary heart healthy breakfast and seminar. It will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 at 1800 Route 35 South.
Presented by Puneet Sahgal, M.D., F.A.C.C., this presentation will cover topics including: risk factors of cardiovascular disease; causes and different types of the heart disease; disease prevention and treatment; tips on how to stay well and keep your heart healthy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack is key to preventing death, but many people don’t know the signs. Be sure to attend this informative event to learn more.
To RSVP, call Arbor Terrace of Middletown at 732-957-0083.

By Clare Schuld, R.N:
Shoveling snow can be dangerous and should be approached with caution. If you have lifting limitations or back problems, it might be best to hire someone to help you rather than take a chance of injuring yourself. If, however, you are unable to do that and absolutely must shovel your own snow, keep these tips in mind:
Select a shovel with a curved handle that is ergonomically tested and proven to decrease strain and pain on the back.
Lift with your legs and not your back, keeping the load as close to the body as possible.
Take small loads. Don’t try to accomplish too much too fast.
Avoid twisting at the waist, as this can lead to back trouble. Use an open stance — one foot facing ahead and one facing out to the side. This will enable you to pivot more easily as you lift and dump the snow.
When you finish shoveling, relax and let your muscles calm down. Take a warm bath. Massage, heating pads, muscle relaxants, etc. can all help in avoiding the development of muscle spasms.
If you have a heart condition or high blood pressure, be sure to speak with your doctor to determine if there are any other precautions you should be taking.

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