Fish Oil Supplements Do Not Protect Heart
Fish oil supplements do not protect against cardiac events or atrial fibrillation, according to new research presented last week at the virtual American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Data from the VITAL Rhythm Trial found no difference in risk for irregular heartbeat in participants who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements compared with those who took placebos. Other results from the OMEMI trial showed no benefit for supplementation against stroke, heart attack, or death from bypass surgery among elderly participants who either experienced a heart attack or who were at greater risk for a cardiac event. Lastly, data from the STRENGTH trial showed no protective effect against heart disease from fish oil supplements in those with an increased risk for heart disease or preexisting arterial blockages.
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