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How Chewing Aspirin Could Save Your Life

Signs of a Heart Attack

One of the reasons for the low survival rate among heart attack victims is because people don’t recognize the signs when they are having a heart attack. Symptoms vary between men and women. The most common signs of a heart attack are:

Men pain in the chest, pain radiating down arm, sweating

Women weakness, faintness, pain that radiates up the jaw, or out the arms

Caregivers Are at Risk, Too

Although caregivers consider their elderly parents at higher risk for heart attack, many don’t recognize that they themselves might be at risk. Women over 50 and men over 40 are automatically considered at higher risk. In addition, if you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, are overweight or inactive, smoke or have a family history of heart disease, your risk factors go up exponentially.

Most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. If you or someone you’re with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more other signs (such as chest pain or shortness of breath), don’t wait, call 911 right away. Timing is everything, whether it’s an elderly person or a caregiver who is the victim. Be sure to act immediately to the signs of a heart attack, even if you are not 100% sure that is a heart attack.

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

 

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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

Thanks.

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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