As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
And during a heart attack, when a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death, those words ring out truer than ever.
That’s why Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson is trying to spread the message that carrying a couple of Aspirin tablets on hand is a good idea for anybody who may be at risk, or for those around you who might.
Nicholson is getting the word out to colleagues at Queen's Park by handing out small pill carriers that fit on a keychain.
Having had one himself for some time, he said he’s going to make them available to everyone in his constituency, in honour of Ontario MP Gord Brown, who died suddenly of a heart attack at his desk at age 57 in May.
Nicholson and Brown were close colleagues, both members of the Conservative party.
“We served together for 14 years, and as our ridings had many things in common we worked closely together on a number of issues,” said Nicholson.
“Gord dedicated much of his life to public service and was a strong representative in Ottawa for his constituents … In the outpouring of sympathies from Members of all parties, it was clear that Gord was greatly respected by all parliamentarians. We all thought highly of Gord, and he was a big part of our Conservative team in Ottawa. We all miss him.”
Nicholson hopes he can spread the word and encourage others across the country to have an action plan.
The pill holder is something anyone them wherever they go, he said, giving them “easy and immediate access” to Aspirin in the case they or someone around them begins experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.”
Aspirin is approved by Health Canada as an emergency treatment for heart attacks, as it can improve blood flow to the heart.