The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Fish oil doesn’t reduce the risk of arrhythmia

     But it does reduce the risk of death due to cardiac causes.

    Those are the conclusions by researchers from Canada who combined the results of several studys and conducted a meta-analysis.

    The term death due to “cardiac causes” most often refers to coronary heart disease, which is often first experienced as a heart attack.

    First, the details.

    • 12 studies in 32,779 patients on the effects of fish oil — docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) — on death and abnormal heart rhythms were identified.

    And, the results.

    • Fish oil supplementation had no effect on the risk of abnormal heart rhythms or on death due to any cause.
    • There was a significant reduction in deaths due to cardiac causes, however.
    • No dose-response relation between type of fish oil and reduction in deaths from cardiac causes was found.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Fish oil supplementation was associated with a significant reduction in deaths from cardiac causes but had no significant effect on arrhythmias.”

    Although the mechanism by which fish oil reduces deaths from cardiac causes remains uncertain, the researchers said perhaps “it helps to stabilize atherosclerotic plaque, probably because of its anti-inflammatory properties.”

    For now, they believe it’s reasonable to take 465 mg EPA/386 mg DHA daily.

    1/2/09 17:59 JR

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