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How to Assess Grass Cutting Heart Attack Risk

We have all heard stories of the person suffering a major or even fatal heart attack while Lawn Mowing. Surprisingly, while these incidents are tragic, they can be "avoidable" to some extent. Knowing your overall health status and your cardiac risk factors can help you self-assess if there is a potential danger for developing any cardiac events while cutting grass. For those who wish to cut the grass of your back yard, follow these general tips to help stay healthy: 
 

  • Dress properly, this is important because Hot weather can increase circulation, aggravating heart disease. 
     
  • Stretch your arm and leg muscles as you would before any exercise; this minimizes musculoskeletal injury and strain. 
     
  • Also, warm up your cardiovascular system with a light activity such as marching in place or walking before Mowing. Warming up is an important means of modifying cardiovascular strain. 
     
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal or drink alcohol prior to mowing (this is not a good way to work off a big meal!). Avoid stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine, which increase heart rate and cause blood vessels to constrict.
     
  • It is safer for your heart as well as your back and joints to lift smaller and more frequent amounts of grass than to haul a few huge portions.
     
  • Pace yourself. Start out cutting slowly, and don’t try to finish the entire area at once. 
     
  • Take frequent breaks to give your heart a rest. Use the time off to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Also, make sure you are eating normally and taking your routine medications.
     
  • If you must lift, do it properly. Spread your hands along with the handle for more leverage, stand with your feet hip-width apart, and bend at the knees (not at the back). 
     
  • Know the warning signs of a heart attack. Stop immediately and seek emergency medical help if you experience heart attack symptoms such as chest pain, shoulder, neck or arm pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, sweating or nausea. 
     

Being diagnosed with heart disease can be a difficult time for you and your family. Your road to recovery May be filled with success, obstacles and pitfalls. Knowing what to expect along the way will help youBetter deal with the challenges that lie ahead.

 

Things You'll Need:      

  1. Recent health care exam
      
  2. Recent lipid profile    
      
  3. Recent blood pressure monitoring      
     
  4. List of all your cardiac and other medication
         
  5. A sense of your basic well-being      
     
  6. Some common sense and planning

 

Be Ready.....!?
 

Think ahead of time for any Financial Loss if anything happens to you. Protect yourself and your family by having a Suitable Protection.

 

Contact us for a complimentary consultation with NO obligations. We look forward to helping you and your family! 

Farah Jahed

Senior Financial Advisor, Insurance Broker
In Guaranteed Investments

Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)

Certified Health Specialist (CHS) 

Member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)

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