14 – Water and Aspirin … Heart Attacks

A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration.

See below in blue – comments from an Australian MD friend

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Good Thing To Know.  From The Mayo Clinic.  How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night?    Heart Attack and Water – Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack.  Interesting …….  Something else I didn’t know …. I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time

Answer from my Cardiac Doctor:  Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell).  When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier.  I knew you needed your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water… Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps.  Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin  –  Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon.  Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened.  Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

  1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.The Reason:Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
  2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest – years! (When it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know.  Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.  They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside?

It’s about Heart Attacks – There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm.  One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up.  However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.  If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards: – Call 000. – Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.  Say “Heart Attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. – Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ……..DO NOT LIE DOWN!

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved!

I have already shared this information. What about you?

Do forward this message.  It may save lives!

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COMMENTS from an Australian MD

Re heart attacks and stroke prevention by drinking water-

I think the idea is that dehydration reduces the blood volume thus concentrating the blood somewhat and making it more likely to stick to the blood vessel walls or clot causing heart attack or stroke. Not all strokes are caused by clots blocking blood vessels. Some are due to bleeds into the brain in which case aspirin (blood thinner) is not a good idea ‘cos it will make the bleed worse. Best clarified in A & E with an MRI scan.

Re peeing at night – in addition to the theory below-

When we are lying down to rest the blood supply to the kidneys is better thus enabling better filtration and production of urine. During our busy active daytime the blood is supplying lots of other organs and active muscles at the same time as well as the kidneys.  We all need to drink more water. There’s nothing wrong with the water drinking ideas below.

The aspirin (blood thinner) timing is sensible. Same applies if you are on blood pressure medication. Best taken at night to cover the early morning hours.

Low dose aspirin is not suitable for everyone. Best to consult your doctor. The low dose aspirin prescribed in Aus is 100mg. In USA it is 30-50mg. Interesting!

If a person thinks they are having a heart attack or stroke get help IMMEDIATELY, don’t wait. Intervention in the first hour is vital for the best chance of survival and optimum outcomes.

Heart attack pain sites as well as central chest can include the neck and even the mid-back.