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:
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.
Chew Aspirin to Increase the Chance of Surviving a Heart Attack originally appeared on AgingCare.com.