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How Chewing Aspirin Could Save Your Life

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How Chewing Aspirin Could Save Your Life

By Marlo Sollitto, contributing editor.

Doctors have been recommending an aspirin a day to help keep heart attacks at bay for years. But did you know that taking an aspirin during a suspected heart attack increases chances of survival and minimizes damage to the heart?

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Frank Alvino president and chief operating officer of Advent Consumer Healthcare, says that “chewing an aspirin at the first sign of a heart attack significantly improves chances of survival.” He stresses “chewing” the aspirin because that provides “rapid uptake, meaning that the aspirin is ingested into the system faster.” If you think your elderly parent is having a heart attack, have him or her chew one standard adult dose aspirin.

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2:05PM PST on Dec 12, 2012

Thanks for posting

3:52AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

thanks for sharing

1:27PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

3:53PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

thanks for the info.

7:42PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012


12:50PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

@Nikolas K. The 'Franks of this world' in this case isn't advocating taking aspirin in anything other than a SINGLE chewed aspirin IF one is experiencing the symptoms of a suspected heart attack. How could anyone object to this suggestion? It's already been known to save lives. So you go ahead and don't bother. I know darn well I'M going to follow this particular advice if and when.

12:31AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

10:11AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

Thank you

11:59PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

thanks for the tips...

10:17PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Im too occupied with being fully conscious of what goes in my mouth and on my skin and more importantly being aware of the consequences to bother with what the Franks of this world have to say. people have short memories as it was the introduction of Aspirin that caused the deaths during the Spanish flue epidemic.

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