Heart DiseaseOmega-3 Fatty Acids

Listing the benefits of fish oil to prevent coronary heart disease

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, in Ohio present a pithy summary.

Here we go.

The results of retrospective and prospective studies during the past 2 to 3 decades confirm the value of fish consumption and fish oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids to protect the heart.

  • There’s support for taking fish oil supplements to prevent primary and secondary cardiovascular disease.
    • “Primary” refers to prevention of coronary heart disease in a healthy person.
    • “Secondary” refers to prevention of heart attack in a person with heart disease.
  • There appear to be additional benefits to taking fish oil, including…
    • Lowering significantly elevated triglyceride levels preventing atrial fibrillation
    • Reducing mortality rates in congestive heart failure patients perhaps stabilizing atherosclerotic plaques

10/9/10 19:55 JR

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