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They say to take aspirin if you suspect a heart attack. Do you chew it, or swallow it with water or what?

They say to take aspirin if you suspect a heart attack. Do you chew it, or swallow it with water or what?

Chew it: In order for Aspirin to work it needs to get to the heart through the blood stream. The fastest way is to chew and swallow it with some water. Swallowing an Aspirin whole delays absorption into the blood stream by minutes to hours. ...Read more

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I take warfarin & metoprolol. If I suspect a heart attack should I chew a 500mg aspirin?

I take warfarin & metoprolol. If I suspect a heart attack should I chew a 500mg aspirin?

Call 911: If you suspect a heart attack, the first thing you should do is call 911.However, in regards to your Coumadin (warfarin) use, you should still also take an Aspirin 325 mg.Although both are blood thinners, they work differently and Aspirin is the only one of the 2 found to decrease mortality with heart attacks.If you have angina, nitroglycerine is also good to have as needed at home. See your cardiologist. ...Read more

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How does aspirin help you during a heart attack?

How does aspirin help you during a heart attack?

Aspirin: Aspirin blocks platelet clumping that contributes to the blockage of the coronary artery that is the cause of a heart attack. ...Read more

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How do you give aspirin to someone who is having a heart attack?

How do you give aspirin to someone who is having a heart attack?

Oral: Pill and sip, of water. Under tongue can get some absorption if not swallowing. Rectal suppository if available, and if not able to swallow a pill. ...Read more

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Hypothetically; If I were to have a heart attack would it be safe for me to take Aspirin and to keep it on me at all times?

Hypothetically; If I were to have a heart attack would it be safe for me to take Aspirin and to keep it on me at all times?

Depends: If you already had a heart attack, chronic Aspirin therapy is recommended as the risks of bleeding outweigh the risk of having another heart attack. For primary prevention (to prevent the very first heart attack) it is only recommended for patients at high risk of having a heart attack but not everyone, as it does increase the odds of bleeding. ...Read more

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What's the right dose of aspirin. ? To prevent an heart attack ?

Baby aspirin: 81 mg (as opposed to 325 mg daily) usually taken every day or even every other day has been shown to be equally effective for prevention heart attacks- with no other risk factors than - note this is still controversial as some docs still recommend 162-325 mg daily. I do defer to my cards colleagues and leave my patients on what they recommend. ...Read more

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Can taking low dose Bayer (aspirin) over time keep a heart attack at bay?

Can taking low dose Bayer (aspirin) over time keep a heart attack at bay?

See below: Daily low-dose Aspirin is the common preventive measure for inhibiting blood clots in the coronary arteries. Seems to be effective. Of course there are other factors involved in heart attacks such as arterial spasm. Discuss the issue with pcp or cardiologist, especially if there is family history of heart attacks. ...Read more

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My dad's on warfarin. If we suspect heart attack should we give him an aspirin?

My dad's on warfarin. If we suspect heart attack should we give him an aspirin?

Warfarin: You should ask this question of your dad's physician. In general i would recommend the Aspirin if a high suspicion of a heart attack is present. ...Read more

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Is is safe for everybody in the country to take a baby aspirin daily to help prevent a heart attack?

Is is safe for everybody in the country to take a baby aspirin daily to help prevent a heart attack?

NO: Routine use of any medication to the population at large can create newer problems that we are not anticipating before. Low dose Aspirin can prevent platelet aggregation and decrease the incidence of coronary thrombosis in high risk patients.People with diabetes mellitus, obesity , family history of heart disease or previous myocardial infarction are the prime people to benefit from Aspirin therapy. ...Read more

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Taking 325mg aspirin for a few years, Have a history of a-Fib, but no history of heart attack what is the safest way to switch to low dose?

Simple: Make sure the doctor who initiated you on a full dose Aspirin, is alright with you changing the dose. The dose change is simple, just initiate baby aspirin the next day. ...Read more

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I've heard that if you take low dose aspirin everyday it can help reduce clot formation that can lead to a heart attack. What exact part of clot forma?

Aspirin...: Aspirin causes the platelets to be "slippery" so they can't stick together. This helps prevent clot formation because the platelets are an integral part of clot formation. Hope this helps!!!! ...Read more

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What dose of aspirin reduces the chance of heart attack and or stroke please?

What dose of aspirin reduces the chance of heart attack and or stroke please?

81 mg: Some recommend325 mg daily but likely for most average size folks, 81 mg daily suffices. Early studies used as much as 325 3times daily. ...Read more

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How does baby aspirin decrease the risk of a heart attack?

Decrease clumping: Asporin is a platelet inhibitor a d prevents clumping of them on an unstable air any plaque in the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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