Does aspirin stop a heart attack?

Q Should I take aspirin if I think I’m having a heart
attack, and what kind of aspirin should I take?
A First, what symptoms indicate you might be having a heart attack? The main symptom is a squeezing, tight sensation in the middle of the chest that can
travel up into the jaw and shoulders, and even down
the left arm. Along with the pain you may begin to
sweat and to feel weak, like you might pass out, and be
short of breath. While other conditions besides a heart
attack can cause similar symptoms, you need to take
such symptoms very seriously. First, call 911.
Then, take an aspirin. It may sound ridiculous that, in the face of a potentially
life-threatening event, we’re advising you to “take an aspirin.” But it is well established that this step can keep an impending heart attack from occurring. Even if you
take a baby aspirin every day to reduce your risk of heart
attack, take another now! (This advice all assumes that you
do not have an allergy to aspirin, and that your doctor has
not advised you against using aspirin because, for example,
you are at risk for bleeding.)
What kind of aspirin? Take a regular-strength (325-mg)
aspirin pill that is not enteric-coated. Don’t swallow it;
chew it, and then swallow it with a glass of water. Doing it
that way gets the aspirin into your system rapidly, which
is what you want. In an impending heart attack, a blood
clot is forming in one of your heart’s arteries, blocking the blood supply to a part
of your heart. Aspirin can help dissolve the clot before there’s permanent damage
to the heart.
If it turns out that your symptoms were not caused by an impending heart attack after all, that’s fine; chewing the one aspirin pill won’t hurt. And it could save
your life.

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