Study: Fish oil doesn’t provide benefits to people with cardiovascular risk

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A new study presented at the American College of Cardiology Sunday says that fish oil doesn’t provide benefits to patients with cardiovascular risk.

The study enrolled more than 10,000 patients with half taking prescription grade fish oil, and the other half taking a corn oil-based placebo.

The results show there was no benefit in terms of reduced heart attack or stroke in patients taking fish oil supplements.

In fact, lead author Dr. Steven Nissen says fish oil appears to substantially increase the risk of atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat.

For that reason, he doesn’t believe taking fish oil supplements is a good recommendation for patients at risk of heart disease.

Dr. Nissen calls it “a sad story for cardiology.”

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