It’s Heart Month ~ What To Do If You Suspect a Heart Attack!

Heart Month

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:

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
  • Light-headedness

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.

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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.


  1. My Grandpa swears by ASPIRIN and he’s taken one a day ever since I can remember. I think educating school-aged children on the signs of a heart attack and what they can do in an emergency situation is also a great way to spread the word on heart health.
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  2. I actually bought some Aspirin after seeing all the ads about it. I figured best to be safe. Now I always have it in my purse

  3. I am so glad that you are raising awareness about heart attacks. I heard that Aspirin can help a lot.

  4. Doris Calvert says

    I was just diagnosed with A Fib and it has the same symptoms but you can feel your heart racing, they also told me to take 4 81mg Asprin when we called the ambulance, the whole thing is scary.

  5. This is great advice. In fact, Aspirin is so good at getting this advice out to people that my father swears by this advice. Problem is, he’s on blood thinners so should not mix these pills together with Aspirin. Do you think we can convince him of that? No way! We had to take his Aspirin away from him. He was not happy. I keep Aspirin on hand at all times myself. Love the stats! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    I read about a year ago about the benefits of Aspirin if you think you might be having a heart attack. I went straight out and bought chewable ASPIRIN 81mg, just to be on the safe side. :-) It’s so easy to miss the signs or not recognise what they might mean. I also heard that a feeling of indigestion could be a sign too.

  7. This is great advice! I think I need to pack a little travel case in my purse, just in case.
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  8. I had no idea that this could help with a heart attack. That’s good to know! My grandfather passed away from one, so this is a very important personally. Thanks for making people aware of how to recognize it and what to do when they see it happening.

  9. Heather Lynne says

    It’s pretty scary to think of this happening to someone you love. :(

  10. Excellent advice. As a woman we sometimes think it is just the men in our lives that are susceptible to heart attacks, but women have equal, and sometimes greater risks of a coronary event. Am getting Aspirin 81mg for my purse today. BTW, congrats on being a Bayer brand ambassador ….they have chosen wisely.

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