Fall yardwork can be hazardous to your heart

Fall yardwork can be hazardous to your heart

The change in the season from summer to fall means many of us will be prepping our yards for winter, which involves lots of raking, trimming, and cleaning.

Dr. David Frid, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic reminds us that yard work can be hard on our heart.

"When you use your arms you're actually using a lot more demand on your heart, than you might be doing when you're using your legs," Frid says.

Clearing debris or trimming trees and bushes can get your heart pumping, and raking leaves can have the biggest impact on your heart. It's considered an aerobic activity due to the twisting and bending involved, Frid says.

If you have a history of heart disease or aren't physically active, Frid recommends that you warm-up before you start, take frequent breaks, and listen to your body for potential warning signs, like chest pain and/or shortness of breath.

If you have any of these warning signs, and they persist, Frid says to call 9-1-1 right away.