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Milwaukee man dies while shoveling snow

Man found unresponsive outside home
Posted at 6:16 PM, Dec 18, 2016

A 74-year-old Milwaukee man appears to have died while shoveling snow Sunday morning.

The man was found unresponsive outside his home in the 5800 block of N. 63rd Street shortly after 9 a.m.

It appears to be the second shoveling-related death in Milwaukee this season.

Most of Southeast Wisconsin is struggling to dig out from this one-two punch of a  winter storm.

TODAY'S TMJ4  found several people struggling to get out of their overnight parking spaces in Milwaukee Sunday morning.

"Just with the plows coming through you gotta dig yourself out of a rock hard snowbank with ice," resident Lauren Cooper said.

The American Heart Association recommends the following tips for heart-safe snow shoveling:

Give yourself a break. Take frequent breaks to avoid over stressing your heart. Pay attention to how your body feels during those breaks.

Don’t eat a big meal before or soon after shoveling. Eating a large meal can put an extra load on your heart.

Use a small shovel or a snow thrower. The act of lifting heavy snow can raise blood pressure during the lift. It is safer to lift smaller amounts. When possible, simply push the snow.

Do not drink alcohol before or immediately after shoveling. Alcohol can increase a person’s sensation of warmth and may cause you to underestimate the extra strain your body is under in the cold.

Learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body. Heart attacks can start mildly. Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out. Carry your cellphone in your pocket and call 911 immediately if you experience any signs of a heart attack.

Be sure and try our new SNOWCAST APP! It is the "snow equivalent to STORM SHIELD" - a great new product that gives you high resolution snow forecasts for any part of the nation! It has just been introduced for iPhones, but we are working on the Android version! Just search SNOWCAST in the App Store or click here.