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Whats the fastest first aid that can be provided when you suspect a person is having a heart attack?

Whats the fastest first aid that can be provided when you suspect a person is having a heart attack?

Call 911: There is no home treatment for a heart attack. Emergency hospital care is critical for survival and recovery. Prior to paramedic arrival an Aspirin can be chewed and swallowed. If the person has had heart problems and has Nitroglycerin they can use it as directed until the paramedics arrive. The 911 operator may give more specific instructions. ...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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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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How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?

How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?

Vfib: Patients with ventricular fibrillation usually become unconscious or dead very quickly. A heart attack patient could have Vfib but more often has pain and other symptoms and is not unconscious if perfusion is adequate. Vfib implies very poor to no perfusion. ...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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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 ?

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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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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