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Doctors with the Cleveland Clinic are warning folks about the health hazards due to the frigid weather. Currently, a winter storm is pummeling the East Coast and Northeast Ohio is dealing with freezing temperatures.

Experts did not just talk about frostbite and hypothermia, but the importance of protecting your lungs and heart from the arctic air.

News 5 talked to a respiratory doctor with the Cleveland Clinic, who said the cold air actually causes your heart to work harder.

“The heart beats faster. That can cause your blood pressure to rise,” said Dr. Rachel Taliercio. “Particularly in people that have heart disease, it can cause additional strain on the heart.”

She said people with heart or lung conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should avoid doing anything too strenuous, even shoveling snow.

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