Rotary clubs donate life-saving key rings

The four Rotary clubs in the Cayman
Islands, concerned about what appears to be an increase in the incidence of
heart attacks affecting older men and women, particularly those who live alone,
are donating key-ring containers that hold aspirin.

Rotary Grand Cayman, Rotary
Central, Rotary Sunrise and Rotary Cayman Brac responded to a request by Dr.
Sook Yin, medical director of the Heart Fund, for Aspirinpod key-ring
containers, which can each hold two aspirin for instant use in an emergency.
Aspirinpods are recommended by the American Heart Association.

The key rings will be given to Dr.
Sook for distribution.

The heart-related issue was a
central message at the recent Heart Health Fair at Camana Bay. Medical experts
are advising that keeping aspirin by your bedside or carrying them with you at
all times could save life in the event of a heart attack.

Dr. Virend Somers, a cardiologist
from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the 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 an attack during the night, when
the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual has happened.

Mr. Somers and his colleagues have
been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

Two aspirin chewed at the onset of
a heart attack can save a life, according to research.

Some people take an aspirin or a
baby aspirin once a day, best at night, but some people are hypersensitive to
aspirin and a regular regime should be discussed with your doctor before


Aspirin key ring
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