Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chewable Aspirin Best during Heart Attack

Researchers find that swallowing or chewing aspirin during a heart attack work equally, as long as you choose a chewable brand of aspirin. A recent study measured how quickly three different aspirin types enter the bloodstream to help thwart heart attack, finding that chewable aspirin is best.

Education aimed at the public has make the message clear – aspirin can prevent damage from a heart attack by providing beneficial blood flow to the heart muscle when a heart blockage is suspected. Until now, no one was sure which type of aspirin provided the best protection during a heart attack.

Researchers from University of California measured aspirin levels in the bloodstream among a group of volunteers. The study, led by Dr. Sean Nordt, looked at the effect of regular whole aspirin swallowed, regular aspirin chewed, then swallowed, chewable aspirin swallowed completely, and chewable aspirin, chewed then swallowed. They found that chewable aspirin, swallowed completely or chewed enters the bloodstream rapidly, making it the best choice for heart attack.

The researchers say the simple findings can lead to better care of patients experiencing heart attack. Aspirin, when given early, can help in the prevention of heart attack, and the new study shows that chewable aspirin is best. If you have had a previous heart attack, or are at risk, keeping chewable aspirin at hand may be beneficial, provided you are not allergic, or have any history of bleeding problems.

Stroke can also be prevented by taking aspirin, but the American Heart Association does not recommend chewable aspirin for treating stroke symptoms. Some strokes can be caused by bleeding. Chewable aspirin could only make things worse.

If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 before doing anything else. You may then be advised to take an aspirin. We now know that chewable aspirin is best heart attack prevention, thanks to the new research.


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