Omega-3 not much help prevent heart disease

Although there have been studies showing that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may help those who have suffered a heart attack and heart failure, new study finds little effect of these supplements to prevent problems cardiovascular in people at high risk.

While the lifestyle is not changed, the drug will not help much.

Researchers from Italy have shown that supplements of omega-3 fatty acids can not reduce the risk of death from heart disease or a heart attack or stroke in people who are at high risk.

President of the study, Dr. Gianni Tognoni the Istituto Ricerche Farmacologiche Milan said, contrary to expectations, the consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids does not give a specific advantage for people who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Omega-3 not much help prevent heart disease


He said, omega-3 fatty acids can not help prevent cardiac arrhythmias, followed by a heart attack and heart failure. Therefore, this supplement is not something that is useful for prevention.

"As long as lifestyles have changed, the drug will not help much," said Tognoni.

Reducing risk, he added, people should avoid smoking, healthy food choices and regular exercise.

Members of the study Dr. Maria Carla Roncaglioni, Chief General Practice Research Laboratory at the Istituto Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri said, those at high risk should not rely on the use of supplements of omega-3 fatty acids in a long time, but it started to turn into a healthier way of life, especially the eating habit.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, involved 12,000 people with high risk of heart disease. They were invited at random without supplement or placebo drink.

After completing five years, more than 1,400 people die from heart disease or having a heart attack or stroke. Among those taking supplements, 11.7 percent of them experience these problems. As for 11, 9 per cent of the cases occurred in the placebo group.

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