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Published on Sep 12, 2012
 

Omega-3 fatty acids don't reduce stroke, heart attack: Study

 
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Omega-3 fatty acids, hailed by some for properties said to enhance heart health, were found to have no effect in reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack or death, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The study, which followed nearly 70,000 patients at a hospital in Greece who were given supplements of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, is published in the Sept 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (Jama).

Researchers said patients at the University Hospital of Ioannina did not show a statistically significant reduction in death or heart illness, and questioned whether omega-3 should be administered proactively when trying to optimize a patient's heart health.

"Our findings do not justify the use of omega-3 as a structured intervention in everyday clinical practice or guidelines supporting dietary omega-3," said Mr Evangelos Rizos, chief author of the study.