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How Chewing Aspirin Could Save Your Life

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How Aspirin Helps

How does aspirin help during a heart attack? “Aspirin helps by inhibiting platelets, making them less likely to clot,” Alvino explains. “Aspirin helps reduce platelet clumping or blood clotting, which could cause blockage in the blood vessels. . If you take an aspirin within the first hour of a suspected heart attack, it increases your chances of survival and minimizes muscle damage to the heart.”

Research has shown that aspirin reduces the risk of death by 23% if administered when a heart attack is suspected and for 30 days thereafter.

Be Prepared When Away From Home

Most heart attacks occur in the day – generally between 6:00 A.M. . and 12:00 noon. The reasons are not completely understood, Alvino says. The most important thing to remember during a suspected heart attack is to act fast, within the first five minutes.  Alvino says the steps to take are if you or your loved one is having a heart attack:

Call 911

Do not let the victim drive

Have the victim chew a standard, adult-dosage of aspirin

Alvino, with a background in pharmaceuticals, medical journal publishing and medical devices, realized the need for an easy-to-use product that gives people quick access to the correct dosage of aspirin, no matter where they are. “Heart attack is spontaneous. It happens when you least expect it. The majority happen away from home. Time is of the essence,” he says.

So he developed AtHeart, an emergency aspirin dispenser that can be carried around at all times. It fits on a keychain, or can be put inside a pocketbook or wallet. The plastic dispenser is easy-to-use: a simple press of the button dispenses the aspirin into the person’s hand. Unlike ordinary pill holders, At Heart  comes pre-filled with two standard aspirin inside, which are sealed in a moisture-proof blister pack. It costs about $4 and is available nationwide at CVS pharmacies.

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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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