Women's Heart Advisor April 2008 Issue

Omega-3s May Reduce Your Risk of Recurrent Heart Attacks

The best way to get them is by eating fatty fish—but not all fish are created equal.

When it comes to heart health, there’s no better food than fish. Fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower triglyceride levels and help prevent blood clots and arrhythmias. Their anti-inflammatory properties inhibit the growth of arterial plaque. "We think that’s why a diet high in omega-3s can reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks in people with coronary artery disease," says Cleveland Clinic dietitian Melissa Ohlson, MS, RD, LD. Studies also have shown that omega-3s can help fight cancer, depression, and age-related mental decline.

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