My Healthy Heart ArticlesBy Corie RichterOmega-3

My Healthy Heart ArticlesBy Corie RichterOmega-3

My Healthy Heart Articles

By Corie Richter

Omega-3 fatty acids may help congestive heart failure patients better than statin drugs. Patients taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements were less likely to die or be hospitalized because of their condition. Still, patients should not change their treatment program without talking to their doctor.

Patients with congestive heart failure taking omega-3 fatty acids fared better than those taking statin drugs, according to a European study published in the Lancet.

Congestive heart failure occurs when the muscle weakens and the heart cannot pump efficiently. The researchers demonstrated a 9 percent reduction in overall mortality (death) and hospitalizations in congestive heart failure participants taking omega-3 supplements.

It is important to note researchers do not know why after studying the patients four years, statin therapy was less effective. They believe that while congestive failure caused by atherosclerotic or clogged vessels may not progress with statins, the condition does not improve because the vessels do not clear. Omega-3, on the other hand, has been acknowledged by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce the risk of coronary disease. Research has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for tissue growth and repair.

While statin drugs such as Lipitor™, Crestor™, Lescol™, Mevacor™, Pravachol™ and Zocor™ may not have been effective in reducing complications of heart failure, patients taking these medications should not stop taking them regardless of the diagnosis. Even if the medication does nothing to reduce heart failure, it can prevent further complications arising from progression of blocked vessels. Secondarily, congestive failure patients often have multisystem disorders and statins are beneficial in their treatment.

It doesn’t seem to matter what your cardiac condition or diagnosis is when it comes to omega-3; it appears everyone stands to benefit from taking the inexpensive supplement. How much to take should be discussed with your cardiologist or family practitioner.

Corie Richter is a nurse and physician''s assistant who started her career as a health educator. The survivor of a myocardial infarction (heart attack) and partially successful quadruple bypass surgery, she did not let her health challenges hamper her. Neither the limitations of spinal surgery nor of diabetes have deterred her from a mission of service. She now encourages others through writing and speaking engagements to master their disabilities through education and a proactive attitude.


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