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Aspirin in a keychain packet could save life

Aspirin in a keychain packet could save life
The little red packet with aspirin can be kept on a key chain to be used in case of a heart attack.
(Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times)

A little red key chain attachment could mean life or death if someone is suffering a heart attack. The plastic container, called At Heart, holds two 325-milligram aspirins in a blister pack. It hooks onto a key chain or can go into a pocket.

The American Heart Assn. recommends calling 911 and chewing an aspirin at the onset of heart attack symptoms, and taking time to find an aspirin might make a difference. The At Heart is available at Amazon and elsewhere online for about $5.

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Warning signs of a heart attack often include discomfort at the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or comes and goes; also possible are pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach; a cold sweat; and shortness of breath.

—Mary MacVean


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