Navigation Links
Fish Oil Supplements Don't Protect Against Heart Trouble: Study
Date:5/9/2013

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, May 8 (HealthDay News) -- Although previous research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may help those who have already had a heart attack or suffer from heart failure, a new study finds that the supplements do little to prevent cardiac trouble in people who have risk factors for heart disease.

Italian researchers reported that omega-3 fatty acid supplements did not reduce death from heart disease or heart attacks or strokes in this vulnerable group.

"Contrary to the expectations, adding supplemental omega-3 fatty acids does not have any specific advantage in a population that is considered at high risk of cardiovascular disease," said lead researcher Dr. Gianni Tognoni, from the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche in Milan.

Tognoni said omega-3 fatty acids do seem to help prevent abnormal heart rhythms following a heart attack or heart failure. There appears, however, to be no value in taking the supplements to prevent heart disease, he added.

"Don't trust too much on drugs that attempt to mimic lifestyle [changes]," Tognoni said.

It's the usual recommendations that really ward off heart disease, he said, including not smoking, eating a healthy diet and getting exercise.

Study co-author Dr. Maria Carla Roncaglioni, head of the Laboratory of General Practice Research at the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, added that "there is no need to add a long-term preventive treatment with omega-3 fatty acids in people with cardiovascular risk factors [that are controlled with] evidence-based treatments and healthy lifestyle -- particularly with regard to dietary habits."

The report was published in the May 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

One expert said the evidence on omega-3 fatty acids has been mixed.

"Some prior clinical trials have shown a beneficial effect of omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish -- also known as fish oil or n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids -- in patients with established cardiovascular disease or to prevent cardiovascular events in the general adult population," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. "However, other clinical trials have shown no benefit."

"Based on the totality of current evidence, the pendulum appears to be shifting away from omega-3 fatty acid supplementation providing significant cardiovascular event reduction," Fonarow said.

To see if omega-3 fatty acids had a beneficial effect, the Italian researchers randomly assigned more than 12,000 people who had risk factors for heart disease to either omega-3 fatty acid supplements or a placebo.

During five years of follow-up, more than 1,400 people died from heart disease or had a heart attack or stroke, the researchers found. Among those taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements, 11.7 percent had one of these outcomes, compared to 11.9 percent of those taking a placebo.

More information

For more on heart disease, visit the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Gianni Tognoni, M.D., Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche, Milan; Maria Carla Roncaglioni, head, Laboratory of General Practice Research, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche, Milan; Gregg Fonarow, M.D., professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; March 9, 2013, New England Journal of Medicine


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Omega-3 Supplements No Help Against Repeat Heart Trouble: Review
2. Fish Oil Supplements Wont Help in Multiple Sclerosis: Study
3. Supplements and cancer prevention: A cautionary tale
4. Dietary supplements increase cancer risk
5. Body Building, Diet Supplements Linked to Liver Damage: Study
6. Omega-3 Supplements May Not Aid Aging Brain
7. True-Dose to Exhibit Liquid Pet Supplements at the Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference in Orlando, FL on July 11-14
8. SupplementsToWeightLoss LLC (DBA: PharmaCo Labs) and also Classe Wines LLC announced that they have signed a 5 years lease on a warehouse
9. Iron supplements can reduce fatigue in nonanemic women
10. Study questions value of calcium and vitamin D supplements
11. Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements May Pose Risks for Men With Prostate Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fish Oil Supplements Don't Protect Against Heart Trouble: Study
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Dickinson Insurance and ... and financial preparation services, is providing an update on a charitable event that ... City Rescue is a locally recognized nonprofit that provides shelter and care for ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Pa. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... While ... dark poses a problem. Fortunately, an inventor from Austin, Texas, has identified a solution. ... to medication in darkness or restricted lighting. As such, it eliminates the need to ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... the certification process to promote standards of excellence for the field of eating ... for March 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical ... the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton ... staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster drill on ... Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader in the ... today announced the launch of EpiVax Oncology Inc., ... therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided $500,000 in ... enabling technologies to the new precision immunotherapy venture. ... Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad brings over ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... medical device company developing a non-invasive, robotically assisted, platform therapy that uses pulsed sound energy ... ... Jim Bertolina, PhD ... Tom Tefft ... executive Josh Stopek , PhD, who has led R&D and business development teams at ...
(Date:9/13/2017)... Sept. 13, 2017   OrthoAtlanta has been named ... Football Host Committee (AFHC) for the 2018 College Football Playoff ... 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia ... AFHC "I,m In" campaign, participating in many activities leading up ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: