Heart Attack Help – Two Steps to Save a Life

I was in Grade 6 when my Mom had a heart attack, and it was one of the most frightening events of my entire life.

As young as I was, I still remember her repeatedly saying that she wasn’t feeling well {it was the day of my parents anniversary, and on her urging, they cancelled dinner plans out}. I was watching TV when I heard a thump as she fell to the floor. After that was a mess of sirens, people, screams and tears {the later two, mostly my own}.


Many of us don’t know this, as a recent survey by Vision Critical found that while 75% of Canadians feel they know the signs of a heart attack, only 10% of those were able to correctly identify the correct symptoms when asked.

One heart attack occurs every seven minutes in Canada, with an estimated 70,000 heart attacks annually. These facts are shocking and proof that education and awareness is needed. 

Having ‘The Talk’ about heart attacks with family and loved ones, is of great importance. 

Bayer Canada is working to raise awareness about an important conversation we need to be having with our parents and loved ones as they get older.

The truth is, as we age our risk of heart attack continues to increase, and while it might be tense to discuss this with the ones we love, it’s extremely important. This I know all too well, from a very painful experience. 

Common signs of a heart attack include:

  • chest discomfort
  • upper body discomfort (including discomfort in the arms, jaw, neck and back)
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating and nausea
  • light-headedness

Did you know that chewing or crushing 2 ASPIRIN® {81mg} if you experience the symptoms of a heart attack may save your life?

In the event of a heart attack: call 911 immediately, then crush or chew two ASPIRIN® 81mg tablets. Doing so is approved in Canada for emergency use. These two critical steps may help save your life or the life of someone you love.  


I’m not ‘old’ by any means, but I am aging – we are all aging. As well, heart attacks strike people you’d never even expect. For this reason I had The Talk with my own kids, my oldest being in grade 6, to let them know how ASPIRIN 81mg can help in the case of a heart attack.

We have ASPIRIN® 81mg on-hand, and every member of my family knows where it is, and what it’s used for. 

Having this discussion with your parents, or others you love, doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Yet if you do find it hard to bring up the subject, try and bring it up in a relaxed setting where you show genuine concern. Perhaps using someone else’s real-life story as an example.

Thinking back to my own Mother, she never took her own health that seriously. She brushed off complaints and concerns, and I know she isn’t alone. 51% of Canadians aged 18-54 wish their parent(s) and/or loved ones took their health more seriously. Added to this, 47% of Canadians aged 55+ agree that they are more concerned about their child/children’s health that their own health.

It’s time to have that talk about heart attacks, and ensure we are all aware of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and the two life-saving tips {911 + ASPIRIN® 81mg} when someone is having a heart attack.

As painful as my own story is, I share to encourage you to have that discussion with those you love – the time is now, and the future could depend on it. 


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, yet as always, all opinions are my own.




  1. I had no idea crushing up Aspirin could save your life during a heart attack. It’s so important to take care of our hearts. Women are more prone to heart attacks than men are.

  2. My dad has taken an aspirin a day every day since I was a kid. Better to be safe than sorry.

  3. I remember learning about that use for Aspirin in nursing school! Who knew a little pill could potentially help save a life!

  4. I’m so sorry that you experienced that at such a young age! I will be picking up some Aspirin next time I’m out.

  5. Sounds like a very scary experience for you! My FIL had a heart attack when he was just a few years older than my hubby is now so we try to stay well informed and always have aspirin on hand.

  6. What a scary thing to happen to your Mom. I’m so sorry! Heart health is so important and knowing the symptoms is necessary to be safe. Thanks for sharing your story and passing along this information.

  7. It is so important to know the signs of a heart attack. I’ve been working a legal case recently for a gentleman who passed away from a heart attack, but had he taken his symptoms more seriously and seeked helped just 1 hour earlier, he could have likely survived the event. Knowing what to do when these symptoms begin is just as important.

  8. My dad has taken an aspiring every day of his life and I think that is why he has never had any heart problems and he is 83 years old!

  9. It is important to talk to your family about heart attacks. Everyone should know the signs of one happening and what to do.

  10. I will have to look into Asprin therapy. I have a history of heart attacks in my family. It is so important to know what to do in the moment when one strikes.

  11. You must have been so scared! Thank you for sharing your story, I didn’t know about aspirin. I’m going to make sure I get some to have on hand. Just in case.

  12. This must have been such an eye-opening and scary situation! I wish my father had taken better care of himself too. Sadly, he passed away at 51-maybe Bayer could have helped him too.

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