Omega-3 pills may not help heart disease

omega 3 fish oil pillsIt appears that, for those who have heart disease, fish oil supplements may not do much to ward off heart attacks and strokes.

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.

About Sherman Health

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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