February 13, 2019 11:39 am

Ottawa medics revive man who had heart attack while clearing driveway, offer snow removal tips

After a windy snowstorm dropped around 30 centimetres of snow on the national capital between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, both the Ottawa Paramedic Service and Ottawa Public Health are cautioning residents to take care while shovelling snow outside their homes.

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Ottawa paramedics say first responders revived a man in his 60s who suffered a heart attack while using a snowblower to clear his driveway in the city’s east end on Wednesday.

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After a hefty snowstorm dropped around 30 centimetres of snow on the national capital between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, both the Ottawa Paramedic Service and Ottawa Public Health are cautioning residents to take care while shovelling snow outside their homes.

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After performing CPR and using a defilibrator on the Orléans resident who went into cardiac arrest, paramedics took the man to a specialized centre, paramedics tweeted on Wednesday morning.

“Shovelling can be a strenuous activity,” paramedics wrote in a separate tweet. If you experience any chest pain while clearing snow, stop immediately and call 911 right now, they recommend.

The paramedic service suggests pushing snow, rather than throwing it, to avoid straining your back and heart.

“Use a mantra to help keep a slow and steady rhythm to pace yourself and avoid injury,” Ottawa’s public health agency recommends.

Also, check up on your neighbours in case they need some assistance, Ottawa Public Health says.

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