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Fort Wayne snow updates, cancellations, safety tips

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013 10:14 am
Due to impassible roads, all Community Harvest Food Bank Farm Wagon distributions are canceled for Wednesday.The food bank is open, however.The American Heart Association warns that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to health problems; however, the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling increases for others.

To help make snow removal safer, the American Heart Association suggests:

*Consult a doctor. If you have a medical condition or don't exercise on a regular basis, schedule a meeting with your doctor before the first anticipated snowfall.

*Take frequent breaks during shoveling so you don't overstress your heart.

*Don't eat a heavy meal before or soon after shoveling since it can place an extra load on your heart.

*Don't drink alcoholic beverages before or immediately after shoveling. Alcohol may increase a person's sensation of warmth and may cause them to underestimate the extra strain their body is under in the cold.

*Be aware of the dangers of hypothermia. Heart failure causes most deaths in hypothermia. Wear a hat and dress in layers of warm clothing, which traps air between layers forming a protective insulation.

*Use a small shovel or consider a snow thrower. Lifting heavy snow can raise blood pressure acutely. It is safer to lift smaller amounts more times, than to lug a few huge shovelfuls of snow. When possible, simply push the snow.

*Listen to your body. If you feel the warning signs for heart attack, stop what you're doing immediately and call 9-1-1.

The warning signs of a heart attack include:

*Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.

*Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck and arms.

*Chest discomfort with lightheadness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

For more information, call the American Heart Association at 1-800-968-1040 or visit www.americanheart.org.The Boy Scouts of America have cancelled Wednesday night's Geocaching to Promote Scouting event and the Miami District Roundtable for Scouting Leaders at Waynedale United Methodist Church.

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