Fish oil has a reputation for helping the heart. Not only has it been linked to lower levels of triglycerides and less inflammation, it has also been shown to reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation after heart surgery. A new study, however, found that fish oil was no more effective against atrial fib than placebo. This was a disappointment but demonstrates the need for large, randomized controlled trials to determine it such alternative therapies are truly helpful.
[Annual Meeting of the American Heart Association, Nov. 15, 2010]