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Does Aspirin Help In A Heart Attack?

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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.

  1. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/aspirin-for-heart-attack-chew-or-swallow

 

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Apple Watch – It’s a life saver

18-year-old Deanna Recktenwald from Lithia, Florida, was at church on April 22 when she received a notification on her Apple Watch that her resting heart rate was extremely high. IT had jumped to 160 beats per minute up from her usual resting heart rate.

“The only symptom that I had was that I was out of breath from walking and standing and sitting so it kind of didn’t make much sense,” Recktenwald told ABC News.

Recktenwald’s mother, Stacey, a registered nurse, rushed her to an urgent care facility.

When the staff at the urgent care facility confirmed that her resting heart rate was at 190 beats per minute, Deanna was sent to her emergency room where doctors determined Deanna was in kidney failure.

Deanna received the Apple Watch a few months earlier at Christmas from her parents. The parents are very thankful for its ability to alert them to a condition that otherwise might have gone unnoticed.

“Now that we have some answers to why this is happening we can prevent something major from happening down the road,” said Deanna

Deanns’ mother Stacey wrote to Apple, explaining what happened and thanking the company fo that eApple Watch.

After about an hour the blood work came back and the doctors reviewed the results and told us that Deanna was in Kidney Failure. Her kidneys were only functioning at 20%. She had no symptoms of any kidney issues or any other medical issues. If it wasn’t for her Apple watch alarming her about her HR we wouldn’t have discovered her kidney issue.

I honestly feel that your Apple Watch has saved my daughter’s life. She is heading off for college in August and her condition may have been overlooked and if it wasn’t caught now the doctor said she would have needed a kidney transplant. I am forever grateful to Apple for developing such an amazing lifesaving product. Now I can send her off to college and know that she can monitor her HR and seek attention if it alarms her again.

Tim Cook responded via Twitter.

Source: ABC News

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