This was according to a recent study published in the medical journal, The Lancet, in Munich Germany.
“With few effective options for heart failure patients, the findings could give patients a potential new treatment and could change the dietary recommendations for them, said Dr. Jose Gonzalez Juanatey, spokesman for the European Society of Cardiology, who was not connected to the research. “This reinforces the idea that treating heart patients with heart failure takes more than just drugs,” Juanatey said.
Chronic Heart failure occurs when the heart becomes enlarged and cannot pump efficiently around the body.
In the study, 3,500 patients were given a daily omega 3 pill. Roughly the same numbers of patients were given placebo pills. Patients were then followed for an average of 4 years.
In the group of patients taking the fish oil pills, 1,981 died of heart failure or were admitted to the hospital with the problem. In the patients taking placebo pills, 2,053 died or were admitted to the hospital for heart failure.
In a parallel study, Italian doctors gave 2,285 patients the drug rosuvastatin, also known as Crestor, and also gave roughly the same number of patient’s placebo pills. These patients were also followed for about 4 years.
Comparing the results from the 2 groups, doctors found little difference in the heart failure rates between the 2 groups; however the fish oil pill was slightly more effective than the drug because the oil performed better against the placebo than did Crestor.
Dr. Richard Bonow, chief cardiology at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago said, “It’s a small benefit, but we should always be emphasizing to patients what they can do in terms of diet that might help.”
You can get these benefits from eating oily fish
Doctors said you can get the same benefits from taking fish oil supplements or eating oily fish, such as salmon or tuna. Both options contain the Omega 3 fatty acids which have long been proven to offer health benefits of protecting the heart and brain.
This study supports the reason we’ve been urging you to add omega 3 fats to your diet.