70-year-old Scotia man suffers fatal heart attack while shoveling snow


A 70-year-old Scotia man died after suffering a heart attack while shoveling snow this weekend, police say.

Officials say Frank Demasi was found by a Department of Public Works crew lying on his front steps around 5:40 a.m. Monday morning. Demasi reportedly left to shovel snow outside his home around 8:00 p.m. Sunday. An autopsy discovered that he had suffered a heart attack.

The incident serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers shoveling snow can pose. Experts say cold temperatures and heavy exertion from activities like shoveling snow, clearing debris, or pushing a car can put an extra strain on your heart and increase the risk of a heart attack.

To avoid problems, remember these tips:

  • Stay warm, dress warm and SLOW DOWN when working outdoors.
  • Take frequent rests to avoid over exertion.
  • If you feel chest pain — STOP and seek help immediately.

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