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Aspirin for heart attacks: Chew or swallow?

Doctors recommend that people who are having a heart attack take an aspirin to stop blood clots from forming in the arteries. But should you take a chewable aspirin? A tablet? Something else? In a small study from the University of California, researchers had 14 people ages 20 to 61 swallow regular aspirin, chew regular aspirin or take chewable aspirin. Their blood was then checked to see which technique led to the highest levels of the drug in the body. The result? Those who took the chewable aspirin had the highest levels compared to people who either swallowed or chewed whole regular pills. So before you stock up on aspirin, ask your healthcare provider if you should switch to chewable—it just might save your life.