SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) - Hunting is a sport and hunters should train and exercise before they go out, but that often times doesn't happen, said Tracy A. Warsing, M.D., a family medicine doctor with Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta.
The strenuous activity involved in things like climbing hills, walking through brush and dragging deer can increase the risk of heart attack according to Warsing.
Warsing said that risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
"If they have any sort of chest pain, especially if it's lasting more than two minutes, they should seek emergency medical attention immediately. And that's the other thing, when they're out in the woods they need to think about how they're going to get to that medical care if they have those symptoms," said Warsing.
Warsing said hunters should make sure they can communicate with members of their hunting party about problems they may be having and be aware of where the nearest hospital is.