Heart Attack risk increases slightly during hunting season

Heart attack risk increases during...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Gun-deer hunting season is almost here and that means many people are about to head out into the woods and spend a lot of time on their feet.

Area doctors say hunting season carries a slight increase in heart attacks because some people get more physically active than normal.

They say anyone going out hunting should be aware of heart problem warning signs: chest pressure or heaviness, shortness of breath, and nausea.

It's also recommended you never go out hunting alone and have a way to contact others in case of an emergency.

"It's why it's very important you're with other people and always have some kind of communication device whether it be a radio or cell phone if you have cell phone reception and immediately call 9-1-1 and they can help direct you from there," said Dr. Jason Darrah, a cardiologist at Gundersen Health System.

Gun-deer season starts in a little more than a month on November 18th and runs through the 26th.

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