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Fish Oil May Reduce Risk of Fatal Irregular Heartbeat

An Italian study has revealed that that the supplemental fish oil may reduce the risk of sudden death from heartbeat irregularities (cardiac arrhythmia).

The study included 11,323 patients who had suffered a heart attack within the previous 3 months. All of the patients received the same preventive care and ate Mediterranean-style diets rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil and fish. But some patients also consumed 1 gram of the fish oil supplements per day.

"Reduction of sudden death appeared early after start of treatment....This seems to support the idea that (the benefits of fish oil) could be due to its anti-arryhythmia effect," the lead researcher said. Patients who took the fish oil supplements appeared to be at a 41% lower risk of death from any cause after only 3 months of treatment with fish oil.

After 4 months of treatment, these patients also appeared to be at a significantly reduced risk of sudden cardiac death. And by the end of the 3.5 year study period, patients treated with fish oil supplements were 45% less likely to die suddenly from any heart-related cause.

"One capsule of a fish oil concentrate daily for 3.5 years resulted in a very significant reduction in sudden cardiac death. Thus, a simple and safe change in diet can potentially produce a large public health benefit," said Dr. Alexander Leaf of Harvard Medical School, who commented on the study.

"Individuals who have known coronary heart disease or a family history of coronary heart disease among immediate relatives would be prudent to heed the recent advice of the American Heart Association to eat two or more meals of oily fish per week or take a daily supplement of fish oil capsules," Leaf said.

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Source: Marchioli R et al, Early protection against sudden death by n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids after myocardial infarction: time-course analysis of the results of the Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell'Infarto Miocardico (GISSI)-Prevenzione, Circulation. 2002 Apr 23;105(16):1897-903