Chew aspirin during a heart attack (and call 9-1-1).

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Hospitals may use high tech tools to treat your heart attack, but you or they can start with one of the oldest medicines: aspirin.

Chewing an aspirin when you think you might be having a heart attack may reduce the damage. If you take an ambulance to the hospital, emergency workers might have you take aspirin.

A heart attack occurs when blood flow is blocked and clots form in an artery around the heart. Aspirin slows the clotting and can reduce the size of a blood clot blocking the artery.

Aspirin can reduce the severity of a heart attack if you take it right after symptoms begin. Remember, if you think you may be having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital immediately.

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