Does Aspirin Help In A Heart Attack?


A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked. The blockage is most often a buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries).   If the blockage is complete, it deprives a portion of the heart muscle of oxygen. As a result, muscle cells die — and it’s a heart attack.

Heart attack symptoms can develop throughout several days. What often begins with feeling like indigestion. When antacids don’t help, and your chest freaks heavy with pain leading to your shoulder and jaw it is time to take an aspirin and call 911.

Acetylsalicylic acid or Aspirin is a common medication often used as a painkiller. Taking aspirin thins the blood making it less “sticky”.

To find out how aspirin works fastest, researchers in Texas asked 12 volunteers to take a standard 325-mg dose of aspirin in three different ways: by swallowing a tablet with 4 ounces of water, by chewing the tablet for 30 seconds before swallowing it, or by drinking 4 ounces of water with Alka-Seltzer. Each subject tried all three methods on an empty stomach on different days. The scientists monitored blood levels of aspirin and its active ingredient, salicylate, at frequent intervals, and they also measured thromboxane B2 (TxB2), an indicator of platelet activation that drops as platelets are inhibited.1In the above study, it was determined that chewing the aspirin worked the fastest and began showing positive results within five minutes. It took almost 14 minutes for the swallowed tablets.

Aspirin for heart attack prevention

Taking a low-dose 81mg Aspirin a day is good prevention for those that have a higher than ever age risk. It is essential to consult a physician before beginning an aspirin regime.



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St. Louis mom saves daughter with CPR

Leann Mosby, a St. Louis Fire Captain’s wife performed CPR on her 23-month-old toddler.

Blaire is 23-months-old. She was sitting in this high chair snacking on a chip, when she started to choke. Leann’s used the CPR techniques that her fire captain husband, Garon Mosby, taught her. She had also called 911 and went to a neighbors house.

Leann is encouraging everyone to learn CPR.

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Panic Attack’s – What You Need to Know

Panic attack or hyperventilation is a state of breathing faster or deeper than normal.

Healthy breathing is when there is a balance between breathing in and breathing out. Hyperventilation is caused by exhaling more than you inhale. This causes an in a rapid reduction in carbon dioxide in the body.

These attacks are rare, with most people reporting occurrences of 1 to 2 times in their lifetime. There can be many causes of hyperventilation and common triggers include emotions of stress, anxiety, depression, or anger.

Occasionally, hyperventilation from panic can be related to a specific phobia, such as a fear of heights, dying, or closed-in spaces (claustrophobia), and often, panic and hyperventilation become a vicious cycle.

The cause of hyperventilation cannot always be determined with sufficient accuracy (especially in the early stages) within the pre-hospital environment. Therefore you should always presume hyperventilation is secondary to hypoxia or another underlying respiratory disorder until proven otherwise.

Hyperventilation may occur secondary to a life-threatening condition such as asthma or anaphylaxis.

Recognition of hyperventilation

  • Previous history of panic attacks or hyperventilation
  • Immediate history of an emotional event
  • Fast, shallow rate of breathing
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Pins and needles/tingling in the hands, face and around the lip
  • Hands in spasm (claws)

First aid for hyperventilation

  • Remove the patient from any distressing triggers
  • Attempt to control their breathing by ‘coaching’ – get them to copy your breathing pattern
  • Assess for any underlying causes: is this an asthma or anaphylactic attack
  • Obtain medical help if symptoms do not resolve

When to seek treatment for hyperventilation

Hyperventilation can be a serious issue. Symptoms can last 20 to 30 minutes. You should seek treatment for hyperventilation when the following symptoms occur:

  • Rapid, deep breathing for the first time
  • Hyperventilation that gets worse, even after trying home care options
  • Pain
  • Fever
  • Bleeding
  • Feeling anxious, nervous, or tense
  • Frequent sighing or yawning
  • Pounding and racing heartbeat
  • Problems with balance, lightheadedness, or vertigo
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or around the mouth
  • Chest tightness, fullness, pressure, tenderness, or pain

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Companies learning CPR reap the side benefit of team building

Learning CPR can not only help to save a life, but it can bring your company closer together.


Taking a four-hour CPR course with your co-workers can build trust and understanding among employees.

Everyone working together toward a common goal builds stronger working relationships and understanding amongst workers.

Articles like this one form the New York Times, show how putting individuals in a situation where each person is on a level playing field learning together creates unity.

“It breaks down divisions,” Richard Hough III, the chairman and chief executive of the Silvercrest Asset Management Group, said of the courses. “You could have the C.E.O. next to the receptionist. You’re on an equal plain.”

Many workplaces try various team building exercises. They take company outings, attend seminars, different retreats, or parties. Learning CPR however, really brings teams together. Good communication is key for Chain of Survival. Learning CPR and working as team forces good communication. Teams learn to trust one another and most important become a team with a single task to save a life.

Next time your thinking about a team building event, schedule a CPR class and make your team building fun, memorable and learn to save a life.


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What is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.

It’s far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you’re fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren’t 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone’s life.

The American Heart Association gives the following advice:

  • Untrained – If you’re not trained in CPR, then provide hands-only CPR. That means uninterrupted chest compressions of 100 to 120 a minute until paramedics arrive (described in more detail below). You don’t need to try rescue breathing.
  • Trained and ready to go – If you’re well-trained and confident in your ability, check to see if there is a pulse and breathing. If there is no breathing or a pulse within 10 seconds, begin chest compressions. Start CPR with 30 chest compressions before giving two rescue breaths.
  • Trained but rusty – If you’ve previously received CPR training but you’re not confident in your abilities, then just do chest compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 a minute. (Details described below.)

The primary purpose of CPR is to maintain a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and the heart. Effective CPR helps by delaying tissue death and provides an opportunity for a successful resuscitation without permanent brain damage if initiated quickly and effectively. Permanent cellular damage and death start to occur within 3 to 5 minutes of a cardiac arrest.

CPR ‘buys time’ until the arrival of a defibrillator. A defibrillator is a device that delivers an electrical shock to the heart in an attempt to restore a normal heartbeat. Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) can be found in many public places and are designed to be used by laypeople with no formal training.

Survival is greatly increased when CPR is started immediately. Roughly 300,000 individuals suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year in the United States. Only an estimated 6% of that 300,000 survive. Knowing how to perform CPR may make the difference between life and death.

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Man receives CPR at National High School Rodeo Finals

Emergency first responders and bystanders are being credited with saving a 72-year old mans life.

Witnesses the man complained of chest pains, before collapsing in the grandstands.

According to SCSO officials, bystanders began applying CPR, and emergency first responders revived the man by deploying an automated external defibrillator.

The man was conscious and alert as he was transported to the hospital.

Source: Oil City News


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Fresno man a hero after performing CPR on a toddler who nearly drowned

A man in Fresno California, helped perform CPR on a toddler that fell into a pool and nearly drowned in backyard pool.

The 14-month-old got into the backyard on her own and fell into the pool.

Eric Jones the neighbor, performed CPR on the little girl after hearing someone scream.

“I just put some air inside her and keep her on her side and when water came up you hear that air inside her and that was relief that was all I needed to hear.”

Source: ABC 30


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5 Reasons Why Basic First Aid Knowledge Is Important

People often don’t consider the importance of basic first aid education. There are numerous reasons why people put it off.

  • They don’t have the time
  • They don’t know where to begin
  • They don’t believe that accidents will ever happen to them or those close to them
  • They think they already have enough knowledge should the need arise
  1. Helps to save lives.

A trained person is more reliable, confident, and in control of themselves when an emergency arises. People who are trained are more likely to take immediate action in an emergency situation.

  1. It allows the rescuer to provide the victim comfort.

Having someone trained in first aid can bring immediate relief to the patient. Being calm and assessing the situation helps the patient relax while their injuries are being treated and stabilized until emergency personnel arrives.

  1. It gives you tools to prevent the situation from becoming worse.

In some situations, if a patient doesn’t receive basic first aid care immediately their situation will deteriorate – often rapidly. By being able to provide basic care you can stabilize a patient until emergency medical services arrive. You’ll learn how to use basic household items as tools if a first aid kit is not available meaning that you’ll be able to cope with many situations.

You’ll also be trained in how to collect information and data about what happened and the patients’ condition. This information will be passed on to the emergency services, which saves them time – you will be a valuable link in the chain of survival.

  1. It creates the confidence to care.

Having a basic first aid knowledge means that you’ll be confident in your skills and abilities in relation to first aid administration. By taking first aid training, it helps you to reflect on yourself and how you and others react in certain situations. Having this understanding will boost your confidence in a wide range of non-medical day-to-day situations.

  1. It encourages healthy and safe living.

A trained person is better able to assess their surroundings. Knowledge of first aid promotes a sense of safety and well-being amongst people. Having an awareness and desire to be accident-free keeps you safer and reduces the number of causalities and accidents.

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Athletic trainers revive woman on the way to breakfast

Photo courtesy of CBS 4 Indy

Bonnie Howard and DeAnne Green were arriving for breakfast at the Sunrise Cafe in Fishers, IN. When they heard a woman scream across the parking lot, they immediately rushed over to help.

“All of a sudden the lady just went completely limp,” said Howard. “I couldn’t find a pulse, so I started doing chest compressions.”

Both Bonnie and DeAnne are athletic trainers at Community Health Network.

Bonnie began CPR while DeAnne called 9-1-1.

The woman was visiting the cafe with her husband and another woman who drove the couple. Emergency personnel arrived and transported the woman to Community Heart and Vascular Hospital.

“I think it’s crucial for everybody to know it because who knows what would have happened if we hadn’t have been there and couldn’t start that right away,” said Howard. “You only have a few seconds before things can start to shut down, so I think it’s very important that everybody know it, especially being an adult. Just doing chest compressions can save somebody’s life.”



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