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Fish Oil Supplements May Reduce Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death


New research indicates that increasing adults' intake of omega-3 fatty acids could greatly reduce the incidence of sudden death from heart arrhythmias. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish, such as salmon, but you can also get them from supplements. Previous research has linked these fatty acids to a lower risk of fatal heart rhythm disturbance. The most recent research estimated the effect of raising the levels of adults' omega-3s through the use of supplements.

Researchers used computer models and past medical findings to simulate an adult community of 100,000 Americans. Findings indicated that increasing the levels of omega-3s could save 58 lives each year.

This is especially interesting in light of the fact that about 50 percent of adults who die of sudden cardiac arrest have had no warning signs. These people are unlikely to have had a defibrillator implanted in their chest. Defibrillators are able to help the heart rhythm get back to normal.

Ask your doctor if you're a good candidate for fish oil supplements. Or you can make a point of getting omega-3 fatty acids from your diet by including plenty of wild salmon, lake trout, herring, sardines, walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, fortified egg yolks.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, October 2006
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