Aspod inventor has written to health chiefs about the high level of heart disease and the proven benefits of carrying immediate aspirin.

20 Jun

Aspod inventor Tony Norris has written to health chiefs about the high level of heart disease and the benefits of carrying immediate aspirin.

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One Response to “Aspod inventor has written to health chiefs about the high level of heart disease and the proven benefits of carrying immediate aspirin.”

  1. As the newspaper article above explains, I wrote, including Aspod® samples, to fourteen Directors of Public Health (or equivalent title holders) throughout the UK. I specifically included, by name, the Director of Public Health in areas which were recently highlighted by the BHF as having the UK’s highest death rates for coronary heart disease. They are listed below.
    This, rather naively, in the belief that DoPH would be receptive to any/all ideas which have been shown would realistically help reduce the appalling death figures attributed to heart attack in the UK. After all, in the NHS document entitled ‘Directors of Public Health in Local Government: Roles Responsibilities and Context’ one of their roles is to ‘provide the public with expert, objective advice on health matters’.

    Sad to report that only ONE Director of Public Health made the effort to reply to my letter, and that was NOT a DoPH of one of the areas with the highest death rates!

    Isn’t it about time that the NHS ,and possibly the Director of Public Health in every town throughout the UK, be made responsible for informing the general public that there is something that can be done to reduce deaths and increase the chance of surviving a heart attack!

    How many people know that chewing one 300mg soluble aspirin tablet, upon the onset of chest pain, increases their chance of surviving a heart attack by about one third? And this simple measure need not delay or interfere in any way with calling an ambulance. Whilst doctors, paramedics and nurses may be aware of this fact, it is after all part of the NHS protocol for treating heart attack victims, the very people who should be aware, those over 50 years and those in ‘risk groups’ are not!
    It is unacceptable that people have died and continue to die of heart attack through ignorance of this simple procedure! I urge as I did in my letter, that the NHS and DOPH make immediate & extensive effort to inform, encourage and empower the relevant groups to be pro-active and carry a couple of aspirin tablets with them at all times.

    Since this article was originally posted we at Aspod have written (twice) to the Director of Public Health responsible for the welfare of the population of an island off the coast of Scotland, we offered to supply FREE Aspod devices to anybody living in remote areas, with a personal or family history of heart disease, over 50 years and those with diabetes. To date we have not even received the courtesy of a reply! So, somebody who just cant be bothered initialising a small Aspod distribution programme on the island has effectively ignored what might have proved to be a means of saving lives from MI for those living on the island. So much for Public Health?

    Cost to the NHS: nil!
    Savings in both lives and subsequent care costs: massive!

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    Tameside, Greater Manchester (132 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    Ballymoney, Northern Ireland (129 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    Glasgow (128 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    Blackburn with Darwen, Lancs (127 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    West Dunbartonshire, Scotland (124 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    Hyndburn, Lancs (119 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    Ards, Northern Ireland (117 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    Moyle, Northern Ireland (114 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    Burnley, Lancs (113 deaths per 100,000 each year)

    Dundee (112 deaths per 100,000 each year)