Heart Myth or Fact #24: Aspirin and Omega-3 fatty acids are all good

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Aspirin and Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly seen as ways to prevent heart disease. This is true, however there are some caveats. Every supplement or medication has its pros and cons.

It’s recommended that men aged 50+ and women aged 65+ take an aspirin once a day. This small dose can help prevent heart disease. This obviously is a good thing.

Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for everyone, but especially for those who have already had heart issues. The American Heart Association recommends eating fatty fish twice a week or taking 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acid daily supplements.

Now for the caveats. Both aspirin and omega-3 can reduce the risk of blood clots which can lead to heart attacks. However, your blood’s clotting ability is what prevents you from bleeding excessively. It’s important for your blood to still be able to function and clot properly.

Your best bet is to consult your doctor regarding how much aspirin and omega-3 you should be taking.

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Information for this post was found via WebMD.

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Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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