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Study Says Omega-3 Acids Not Beneficial for Cardiac Risk Group

by Sheela Philomena on  May 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM Heart Disease News   - G J E 4
According to a recent study, fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids are not beneficial for patients at high risk of cardiovascular troubles.
 Study Says Omega-3 Acids Not Beneficial for Cardiac Risk Group
Study Says Omega-3 Acids Not Beneficial for Cardiac Risk Group
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In the study, carried out in 2010 in Italy with 12,513 patients, half the group took an omega-3 supplement and the other half an olive oil placebo.

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Previous clinical trials have suggested that these supplements could reduce cardiovascular risks for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease or who have already suffered cardiac arrest.

But a major study in 2010 found that the fish oil supplements did not help prevent atrial fibrillation, a common problem with the heartbeat's rate or rhythm.

The latest research found that just under 12 percent of patients in both groups -- 11.7 percent of the omega-3 group and 11.9 percent of the placebo group -- experienced a stroke.

"In a large general-practice cohort of patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors, daily treatment with n-3 fatty acids did not reduce cardiovascular mortality and morbidity," the study concluded.

The research was led by Mario Negri at the Societa Prodotti Antibiotici in Milan.

Source: AFP
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