Omega-3s make your heart happy

Omega-3s make your heart happy

  • In keeping with heart health month, we wanted to bring some promising news to you.
  • Omega-3s are clinically proven to reduce the risk of “sudden cardiac death.
  • Sudden cardiac death (SCD) usually occurs because a person’s heart rhythms go awry, causing the heart to stop pumping. The immediate cause of SCD can be an episode of atrial fibrillation or A-fib.
  • Some research suggests that people who eat fish on a regular basis can lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
  • Accordingly, it’s been widely presumed that omega-3s curb the risk by normalizing heart rhythms and there is substantial evidence to back this idea.
  • A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that DHA – one of two major omega-3s in fish oil, along with EPA – may help prevent A-fib.
  • Omega-3 DHA is concentrated in heart muscles’ cell membranes, and there’s some evidence that adding more – from dietary fish or fish oil – helps keep these cells on an even rhythmic keel.
  • An unusually reliable study in more than 3,000 Americans found that who had the highest total omega-3 or omega-3 DHA blood levels were about 30 percent less likely to develop A-fib.
  • Senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., expressed the important implications of his team’s finding: “A 30 percent lower risk of the most common chronic arrhythmia in the United States population is a pretty big effect.”
  • Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, affecting up to nine percent of U.S. adults by the time they reach age 80.

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