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Save a Life with Bayer Aspirin

I am participating in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central and hosted by the makers of Bayer® Aspirin. I have received compensation to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.

One night when I was a teenager, my father went out to walk the dog along the beach. The minute that he walked into the house, I immediately knew that something was wrong. He calmly went up to my mother and said the words that no child ever wants to hear their parent say, “I think I am having a heart attack.”

Since my grandma had a history of heart-related issues, my mom knew what to do and got him a Bayer aspirin to chew on while she rushed him to the emergency room. Looking back, she should have called 911, but we all react differently to emergency situations.

I sat in the backseat of my parents cherry red Volvo and watched the emergency room doctors put him into a wheelchair, and take him into the emergency room. That was the last time that I saw my dad until after he went through an emergency bypass surgery. I’ll never forget the way my dad looked with tubes coming out of a long incision on his chest, and tears rolling down his cheeks. All I could think about was how grateful I was to have him still alive.

That was the beginning of many years of heart-related issues and operations. Thank you to talented doctors and drug companies, my dad was able to walk me down the aisle at my wedding, see my children be born, and get to be a part of my life to this day.

There is a heart attack every 42 seconds in the U.S. and taking aspirin during a suspected heart attack can help save a life, just like it did for my dad. Now that I am the age that my dad was when he had his first heart attack, it is important that I take good care of my heart. One thing that I do is never leave the house without having Bayer Aspirin with me. I keep it in my purse and my backpack.

Bayer Aspirin has developed The HeroSmiths Theory to help raise awareness of the importance of people carrying Bayer Aspirin with them. They are passionate about wanting to help save lives by ensuring people are not without the potential life-saving medication when needed. If you’re not carrying Bayer Aspirin with you already, I encourage everyone to start now. You never know when you might need it to help save a life.

In the event of a suspected heart attack, immediately call 9-1-1 and chew or crush and swallow aspirin as directed by a doctor.

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