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Comment author: Lumifer 06 March 2014 09:01:34PM -2 points [-]

If you worry about having a heart attack, there are better things than aspirin to carry with you.

Comment author: Vaniver 06 March 2014 09:27:28PM 4 points [-]

there are better things than aspirin to carry with you.

This post would be much more helpful if you had listed those things. The only thing I'm seeing suggested besides aspirin is nitrates of some form, which appear to be prescription.

Comment author: Lumifer 06 March 2014 09:45:14PM 0 points [-]

This post would be much more helpful if you had listed those things.

I am not a doctor and I don't want to give medical advice to unknown people over the 'net.

If curiousepic has a medical condition that causes him to have a well-founded fear of a heart attack, he really should ask his doctor -- who, among other things, will know what that condition is and can write prescriptions.

Comment author: Vaniver 06 March 2014 10:26:11PM 2 points [-]

I am not a doctor and I don't want to give medical advice to unknown people over the 'net.

Wouldn't it be better to say something like "ask your doctor, who can give you answers tailored to your medical history," then?

Comment author: Lumifer 07 March 2014 01:13:38AM -1 points [-]

No. It is a condescending answer which provides no information. My answer points out that things better than aspirin exist but leaves open the question of what would actually be appropriate for the OP. Essentially, it tells him to explore the matter further.

Comment author: Vaniver 07 March 2014 05:41:14AM *  3 points [-]

It is a condescending answer which provides no information.

Why do you think it's condescending?

My answer points out that things better than aspirin exist

But is that true? As far as I can tell, the other things that are available are recommended to people who cannot take aspirin for whatever reason, and so to call them "better" seems not quite right.

Essentially, it tells him to explore the matter further.

But saying "explore the matter further" in response to someone saying "is X worth it?" seems profoundly unhelpful, especially when you don't actually say that, compared to saying "explore the matter further by talking to your doctor" or "explore the matter further by looking into miracle drug X."