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Helps heart attack survivors

According to a study of 360 heart attack survivors, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. “Our findings show that omega-3 fatty acids are a safe and effective treatment in improving cardiac remodeling, so it may be promising in reducing the incidence of heart failure or death, which are still major health-care burdens to patients who suffer a heart attack,” said Raymond Kwong, MD, senior author of the study. For 6 months, patients took a daily dose of fish oil containing 4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, listed as EPA and DHA on product labels.

Heart attacks lead to scar tissue in the heart and harmful changes in its shape and function, technically called “remodeling.” But high-dose fish oil supplements can reduce the damage.