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Fears about exercise

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 19 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:541
  1. T Smith

    All that rain that swept across Britain in December and January fell as snow in Norway, so I spent a lot of the holiday period shovelling, clearing pathways around the house which filled up overnight as the wind blew fresh snow into the trenches. These are circumstances in which knowledge is a source of anxiety rather than confidence, for I was all too well aware that snow -moving is a classic setting for a heart attack in a middle aged man, somewhat overweight. Indeed I had read before Christmas an article in the New England Journal of Medicine (1993;329:1677) that quantified the risk: someone who usually takes no exercise and then really exerts himself with a shovel increases his risk of having an acute myocardial infarction by …

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