6 March 2015
A new study has suggested that omega-3 fatty acids are able to protect a heart that has been damaged by trauma.
Presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego, the research found that heart attack survivors could benefit from lower inflammation and being guarded against further decline in function.
Participants in the study took four grams of prescription-only omega-3 fatty acid capsules every day for six months after a heart attack. The team found that this made them more likely to show improvements in heart function compared to patients taking a placebo.
"Giving a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids soon after a heart attack appears to improve cardiac structure and heart functioning above and beyond the standard of care," said Dr Raymond W. Kwong, director of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the study's senior author.
He said the team feel "fairly confident" that the benefits from this therapy are additive, with the implications of the study having the potential to be large.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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