WYOMING, Mich.—If you plan to spend the weekend cleaning up damage from Sunday night’s tornadoes and storms, the American Heart Association wants you to be mindful of your health.
Cleaning up storm damage can be physically taxing, leading to a higher risk of heart attack. Residents should take plenty of breaks, carry smaller loads and drink plenty of water. The American Heart Association says most importantly, residents should listen to their bodies.
The warning signs of a heart attack include:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that last for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck and arms.
- Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
People who experience the warning signs of a heart attack should stop what they’re doing immediately and call 911.