Fish Oil Reduces Atrial Fibrillation and Sudden Death

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Researchers1 around the world continue to trumpet the benefits of fish oil, especially in the prevention of sudden death from heart failure that is often triggered by atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythms).  The large scale GISSI prevention trial showed a whopping 45% decrease in sudden cardiac death in patients who had already had a first heart attack. 

It is now standard practice in Europe to give such patients fish oil supplements as part of their standard medical care.  The fact that fish oil addresses one of the great concerns of modern medicine, the prevention of atrial fibrillation2, is a difficult pill for the American drug-pushing industry to swallow.  Most doctors in American absolutely hate recommending a vitamin for just about anything – even when the evidence is overwhelmingly positive and would save many lives.  DHA is the important part of fish oil that supports both the nerves and the heart.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Fish Oil Reduces the Risk for Sudden Death and Artial Fibrillation  Lijec Vjesn.  Reiner E, Tedeschi-Reiner E, Stajminger G.
  2. ^ Anti-arrhythmic properties of N-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA).  Curr Med Chem.  Lombardi F, Terranova P.

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