Misleading Aspirin Email

We have been informed of a recently circulated email regarding the use of aspirin, which included mention of Dr. Virend Somers and of Mayo Clinic. Neither Dr. Somers nor Mayo Clinic contributed to this email, which contains some information that is inaccurate and potentially harmful. We recommend that you speak with your physician if you have specific questions.


    Posted March 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    What were the parts that were not accurate in the Virend Somers post on Aspirin:


    To add to your body of body knowledge:

    Dr. Virend Somers, a cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

    Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A..M. and noon, Somers said. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

    • Posted March 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

      While the first two paragaphs are for the most part correct the rest of the email should be discussed with your physician
      In general, we do not recommend obtaining advice on medical treatment from chain mailings,especially when they are of uncertain origin.

      Aspirin is indeed appropriate for a heart attack but as with any medication, treatment needs to be individualized for each patient. There is no evidence to support potentially harmful recommendations such as not to lie down if you are having a heart attack. We cannot address other specific aspects of the emails since there have been many variations in their content. We recommend you discuss this with your physician.

  2. Juanita F Turner
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    I am a Parish Nurse in NC and tought the e-mail was good information. I’m glad I followed up on the info.

  3. Jill
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    I am a Parish Nurse in MN and thought the email was thought provoking, but I thought the information about using aspirin for all was too general. People should consult their doctor as to individual use. Read Dr. Verend Somers’ article in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology quickly but did not see mention of aspirin treatment of heart attacks, so decided to search Mayo Clinic’s site and cross reference Mayo Clinic and apirin in the treatment of heart attack, and I came along this page’s comment. I too am glad I followed up on the info.

  4. W. Bernard Suttake
    Posted April 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Who is the responsible author of the email “Aspirin Info”?

    Why does the illustration of a Bayer product dominant the email?

  5. Stefano Marchesi
    Posted August 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I have always known that baby aspirin was good for your heart. – what happened ? Bayer stopped giving kickbacks ?

  6. Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    my Dr. recommended Itake my aspirin at night, in light of when most heart attacks seeming ly occur

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  1. […] Recently the “Union of Americans” editorial staff received a “Forwarded” Email titled “Good Info” about the importance of taking aspirin daily to prevent a stroke or heart attack. The original Email was supposedly from a doctor associated with the Mayo Clinic.  As is our policy, we verified the information and unfortunately discovered that the Email was indeed “Fiction”.  The original Email did not originate from the Mayo Clinic and they have even gone as far as posting a disclaimer regarding the “Forwarded” Email on their website (http://newsblog.mayoclinic.org/2010/02/28/misleading-aspirin-email-virend-somers-mayo-clinic/).  […]

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