Experts warn of dangers of shoveling snow

At White Plains Hospital, the emergency room has seen several cases of back strain and cardiac problems stemming from shoveling. (2/5/14)

YONKERS - Snow and sleet made for treacherous road conditions across the Hudson Valley today.

Many residents in Yonkers spent Wednesday digging out from the storm. Experts advise residents to take caution when using shovels.

At White Plains Hospital, the emergency room has seen several cases of back strain and cardiac problems stemming from shoveling.

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"People are trying to pick up too much at once," says Dr. Erik Larsen, of White Plains Hospital. "It's that sudden burst of energy that raises your blood pressure."

Doctors say last week's snow was more light and fluffy, but this week's snow is heavier due to packed ice and rain.

News 12 estimates that one full shovel weighs about 10.5 pounds.

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