From Fox News:
In the new analysis of past studies, there was no difference in the number of heart attacks, strokes or deaths among more than 20,000 people with heart disease who were randomly assigned to take either fish oil supplements or fish oil-free placebo pills.
“There is a common perception that fish oil supplements have been proven to prevent cardiovascular disease, and in fact the evidence has been inconsistent and inconclusive,” said Dr. JoAnn Manson, head of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who co-wrote a commentary published with the study.
“It’s an important issue, because a large percentage of the population is taking fish oil supplements over-the-counter,” she told Reuters Health.
In general, taking supplements to prevent future problems may not be the best idea. Talk to your physician about how to prevent and fight heart disease. If you don’t have a physician, visit the Sherman Health Physician Finder.