Aspirin necklaces can save lives

The four Rotary clubs in the Cayman
Islands have donated necklaces containing aspirin to help save the lives of
heart attack victims.

Rotary Grand Cayman, Rotary
Central, Rotary Sunrise and Rotary Cayman Brac reported they were concerned at
an increase in the incidence of heart attacks affecting both male and females,
and particularly seniors who live alone.

Information on the risks of heart
attacks and how to prevent and react to them will be the message at the Heart Health
Fair at Camana Bay on Saturday, 6 March.

Medical experts advise that keeping
aspirin by your bedside or on your person could save your life if you have a
heart attack.

Dr. Virend Somers, a cardiologist
from the Mayo Clinic who was lead author of a report in the 29 July,
2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology,
said: “Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6am and
noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means
that something unusual has happened.”

Dr. Somers and his colleagues have
been working for a decade to examine if heart attacks are the result of sleep
apnoea.

Medical research shows that two
aspirins taken at the onset of a heart attack can save a life. 

Those most at risk are seniors and
Dr. Sook Yin, Medical Director of the Cayman Heart Fund asked the Cayman
Islands Rotary clubs if they would donate ‘Aspirinpod’ necklaces which each
contain two aspirins for instant use in an emergency.

‘Aspirinpods’ are recommended by
the American Heart Association.

The necklaces have been ordered and
are due to arrive shortly in Cayman where they will be distributed by Dr. Yin.

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