Fish Oil is Better Than Drugs for Preventing
Fish oil supplements appear to work better than a
popular cholesterol-reducing drug to help patients with chronic
heart failure, according to recently released research.
Researchers gave nearly 3,500 patients a daily
omega-3 pill derived from fish oils. Roughly the same number of
patients were given placebo pills. Over a four-year period, fewer
patients in the group taking the fish oil pills died of heart
failure or were admitted to the hospital with the problem.
In a parallel study, the researchers gave nearly 2,300 patients the
cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor and another group of close to
2,300 patients placebo pills. After four years, there was little
difference in heart failure rates between the groups, but when the
two studies were compared they found that fish oil is slightly more
effective than Crestor because the oil performed better against a
placebo than the drug did.
Chronic heart failure is a condition that occurs when the heart
becomes enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently around the body.
Omega-3 fats have long been proven to offer health benefits such as
protecting the heart and brain.
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