Omega-3 Reduces Heart Attack Risk In Patients With Stents

Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland has discovered that omega-3 fatty acids combined with two blood-thinning drugs helps prevent blood clotting, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. Participants were given the pill form of omega-3 and encouraged to increase consumption of oily fish. The effects of omega-3 in patients with stable coronary artery disease who had their clogged heart arteries opened by a catheter procedure and a stent inserted were evaluated. (A stent is a tube designed to be inserted into a blood vessel). Researchers randomly selected 24 patients as controls and 30 for treatment before their heart procedures. Both groups received the same daily doses of  blood-thinning drugs for four weeks after stenting. The control group received a placebo each day. In a layperson’s terms, the findings indicated that the omega-3 treated patients exhibited  less clotting in their vessels. The research findings are published in Journal of the American Heart Association.

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