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Fish No Protection Against Heart Rhythm Disturbance

Fish No Protection Against Heart Rhythm Disturbance

Eating fish is supposed to be good for your heart, but a new study suggests that a diet full of fish will not prevent the irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 45,000 postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative Study. They found no relationship between fish consumption and the likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation. Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet were also unrelated to the heart rhythm disturbance. A diet containing fish still appears to be beneficial for heart health in general, and fish oil supplements can help lower the blood fats triglycerides and cholesterol. Fish oil has also been shown to improve survival after a heart attack.
[American Journal of Cardiology, online Feb. 8, 2010]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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