Hunters' Heart Risks

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

On Tuesday, hunters can grab their guns, get up early and head out to the woods for the first day of firearm deer-hunting season. Many hunters know the risks of accidental shootings, but doctors say there's an even greater risk, heart attacks.

Every year many hunters suffer heart attacks, many on the first day of the season. Doctors say hunting is a vigorous activity. It increases heart rate and blood pressure and if a hunter is not prepared, he may pay the consequences. This happens especially to hunters with underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smokers and those battling obesity.

It's recommended hunters avoid eating a large breakfast on the morning of hunting and always carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.

Dr. Josh White of Ingham Regional Medical Center's Emergency Room says if you suffer symptoms like an unusual feeling in your jaw, neck or left arm, tightness in your chest, or shortness of breath call for help immediately.


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