September 20, 2010

Omega-3 Study Shows Improvement in Heart Failure

Posted in Helpful Heart Links, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:03 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

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Yet another study has shown the benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (like in fish oil) in people with heart disease.

This latest study though has opened up a new area of benefit possibilities for Omega-3’s.  It looked at the structure and function of the heart in heart failure patients taking Omega-3’s versus placebo.  The patients who took Omega-3’s showed slightly better heart function and fewer visits back to the hospital for heart failure problems.

It should be noted that all of the patients were already taking the standard heart failure medicines as well (including a combination of  beta-blockers, ACE-Inhibitors or ARB’s).  Assuming further studies continue to show benefits for Omega-3’s in heart failure, fish oil or other Omega-3 supplements can not be used as a substitute for the standard medicines.  Your cardiologist might recommend it in the future though in addition to the usual therapy.

See my post How To Eat More of the Good Fats Like Omega-3 for some foods which contain the highest amount of Omega-3’s.

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