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Heart failure patients may benefit from fish oil: advisory

(Reuters Health) - A new American Heart Association report says people with heart failure may live longer by taking omega-3 fish oil supplements because they seem to reduce the heart disease death rate by almost 10 percent.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
This is another disconnect on fish oil.  If it reduces  CHD mortality  in patients  with heart failure,  why is there no recommendation for it use for cardiovascular patients?  The basic reason is that if you continue  to use placebo doses fish oil in studies, you get placebo  effects.  It is not the amount of fish oil that is important, but the amount needed to reduce the AA/EPA ratio to between 1.5 and 3.  For most Americans, this is will at least 5 grams of EPA and DHA per  day.  The typical American intake is 125 mg of EPA and DHA.

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