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EMS Providers Do Not Always Administer Aspirin to Heart Attack Patients

According to Reuters, while heart attack patients are supposed to receive aspirin on the way to the hospital, a report published in the Emergency Medical Journal found that only about half of these patients are actually receiving the drugs. Official guidelines recommend that heart attack patients receive aspirin as soon as possible, and the authors of the new report say patients who take aspirin are 23 percent less likely to die from a heart attack. The researchers found that paramedics only administer aspirin to about 45 percent of patients, with black, asian, and hispanic patients being more likely to receive it than white patients. A former chair of the College of Paramedics advises anyone over age 35 to carry aspirin with them and to take one before calling 911 if they experience chest pain that they have not experienced before.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal.