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Old 18 August 2009, 09:51 PM
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Ambulance Aspirin and heart attacks

Comment: Here's the rumor I got this morning from an email, forwarded many
times over!

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Why keep aspirin by your bedside?
About Heart Attacks

There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left
arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as
nausea and lots of sweating, however these symptoms may also occur less
frequently.

Note: There may be no pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their
sleep, did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake
you up from your deep sleep.

If that happens, immediately dissolve two a spirins in your mouth and
swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards:
- phone a neighbour or a family member who lives very close by
- say "heart attack!"
- say that you have taken 2 aspirins.
- take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their
arrival and...
~ do NOT lie down ~

A Cardiologist has stated that, if each person, after receiving this
e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life can be saved!

I have already shared the information- - What about you?
Do forward this message; it may save lives!
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Old 18 August 2009, 10:11 PM
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A Cardiologist has stated that, if each person, after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life can be saved!
Now that's some good science right there! Probably one life can be saved? If everyone sends me $5 so that I can buy a new, safer car, probably I won't run over anyone in the next month.
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Old 18 August 2009, 10:34 PM
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Asparin is a blood thinner.

In certain cardiac problems, it can be of help

http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/sm...ease/treatment

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Blood clots in the coronary arteries are a major cause of heart attacks. A low-dose aspirin and/or a clot-busting medicine may be prescribed for you by your doctor,
Although it should be up to a doctor to decide if this is an appropriate treatment for the long term management of your condition IMO.

I could probably find more on this, but my Google-fu is weak right now.

Phone a friend? NO! phone the emergency services - if you are able to phone anyone at all. You need to get to hospital, and like last hour!

As for opening the door, sitting down and waiting for the paramedics to arrive, and trying to remain as calm as possible - that is what the dispatchers reccommended to me the last couple of times I had chest pains. It would seem to be pretty standard advice. Leave the door open so the paramedics can get in if you become less capable, and until expert help arrives, keep as calm and as comfortable as you can. Makes sense.
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Old 18 August 2009, 11:17 PM
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Phone a friend? NO! phone the emergency services - if you are able to phone anyone at all. You need to get to hospital, and like last hour!
This. A billion times this.

Aspirin could help, Bayer puts out commercials telling people to take it as a preventative measure.

Personally as a first responder and nursing student, this is just my opinion and isn't likely to become something people actually do, but if someone calls an ambulance and takes medication while waiting for said ambulance to arrive (aspirin, nitro, ibuprofin etc..), I'd suggest writing it down and keeping the note with you. That way if you're not alert when EMS arrives, they know what you took and how much, which is very useful information for them to have.
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Old 19 August 2009, 03:31 AM
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Isn't the Aspirin part true? Don't ERs routinely administer aspirin for suspected heart attacks? Haven't cardiologists chided emergency responders and ERs for not adopting Aspirin as a routine treatment?
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