I am very excited to announce that I was chosen as a 2017 brand ambassador for Bayer. As a brand ambassador, I have been compensated for this post. However, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.
It’s hard not to have hearts on your mind in February. Every store is full of them: chocolate hearts, heart-shaped cakes, heart-shaped frames. This annual celebration of romantic love isn’t the only reason to give that blood-pumping organ in your chest a second thought this month. February is also Heart Month in Canada.
With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, I thought there would be no better time to remind everyone how important our heart is!
The human heart is way more amazing than any representations we will ever see in stores this month!
Do you know that:
- Approximately the size of your two hands clasped together, your heart is relatively small but mighty.
- During an average lifetime, it pumps around 1 million barrels of blood (enough to fill more than 3 super tankers).
- It beats about 100,000 times a day. Meaning in the average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.
As many of you may know, I worked for many, many years as a nurse. During that time I have witnessed many tragic endings to what may have well been a treatable cardiac emergency.
You may not like to think about it, but it’s so important to be able to recognize a heart attack, which is what happens when a part of the heart muscle isn’t getting enough blood flow. Symptoms vary by individual; common ones include:
- Chest discomfort
- Upper body discomfort (including discomfort in the arms, jaw, neck and back)
- Shortness of breath
- Sweating and nausea
In the case of a heart attack make sure you seek immediate treatment. The longer you wait, the more damage to the heart muscle can occur.
If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 then crush or chew two ASPIRIN®81 mg tablets – it could save your life.
ASPIRIN 81mg is approved in Canada for emergency use during a heart attack. If you have questions about your heart, talk to a doctor or trusted health care professional.
I keep a bottle of ASPIRIN 81mg in our medication drawer, in the glove compartment of our vehicles and in my purse. The last thing I want to be doing in an emergency situation when I suspect a heart attack may be happening, in either myself or someone else, is to be digging around, searching for the Aspirin!
We’ll all take time this month to appreciate our loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Why not also take the time to appreciate and better understand your most hard-working organ?
If you want to give a meaningful gift to someone you care about this Valentines Day, my suggestion is to skip the chocolate and give a couple boxes of ASPIRIN 81mg. In the event of a sudden heart attack, you may well be giving them the ultimate gift!
“To make sure this product is right for you, always read and follow the label.”
Disclosure: As a 2017 brand ambassador for Bayer I have been compensated for this post. However, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.