ATHENS GREECE. A team of British and Greek medical researchers report that fish oils benefit angina patients. Their study involved 39 patients (37 men and 2 women) with stable angina pectoris who had experienced at least 6 angina attacks in the 2 weeks prior to the start of the trial. The patients were randomly assigned to receive either 10 grams of fish oil (providing 1.8 g eicosapentaenoic acid and 1.2 g docosahexaenoic acid) every day or 10 grams of olive oil daily. The daily supplements were supplied in the form of 5 identical looking capsules. The trial lasted for a total of 12 weeks and the patients were evaluated at baseline and after 8 and 12 weeks of supplementation.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. Cardiac arrest is a serious, usually fatal condition in which the heart stops pumping. Cardiac arrest most commonly occurs in connection with ventricular fibrillation and its primary cause is a heart attack. Researchers at the University of Washington now report that the risk of cardiac arrest can be significantly lowered by an increased intake of seafood rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because fish and fish oils contain EPA and DHA, could there be a relationship between fish or fish oils and cardiac arrest prevention?
AALBORG, DENMARK. Research has shown that heart attack survivors who increase their intake of oily fish considerably improve their chance of long-term survival. Now Danish researchers report that daily supplementation with fish oil capsules may have a similar effect.