Friday, November 11, 2016
It’s a chilling realization: Hunters are three times more likely to die of a heart attack in the woods than from being shot by accident.
Why? For some hunters, Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season is the most physical activity they’ll have all year.
That’s why hunters should be active – and proactive – before heading out to the deer stand, says Dr. Scott T. Weslow, an interventional cardiologist with Aurora BayCare Cardiology.
“Walking out, that can get your heart rate up. Climbing a tree. Seeing and shooting deer. Dragging a deer is the most strenuous thing most people do in their lifetimes,” he says.
Weslow knows. He, too, is a hunter. Has been for more than 30 years, since he was a boy.
“That’s my passion,” he says, sitting in a tiny hospital office with deer mounts in two corners.
Wisconsin’s traditional nine-day gun season typically takes place from mid- to late November. Other deer, turkey and bird seasons are open through the end of the year.
Weslow’s recommendations for ensuring a healthy hunt include:
“Your heart rate starts to go up when you walk a mile or two into the woods. When you see a deer, your heart rate doubles,” Weslow says. “When you shoot a deer, the real work begins.”
Hunters also should know the symptoms of heart trouble. They include:
Hunters who experience any of these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
Dr. Scott T. Weslow sees patients in Green Bay and Shawano. For appointments, call 800-263-6309 or request one online.
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