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Fish Oil

You’ve heard all the claims about how heart-healthy fish oil is. Now the talk is that most of the trials involving fish oil cannot back the claim that it lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. Almost all the studies comparing fish oil with a placebo showed no benefit. So why have sales doubled?

Enthusiasm for fish oil dates back to the 70s when it was determined the Inuits in Greenland had very low rates of cardiovascular disease attributed to a diet rich in omega-3. With the advent of statin drugs for cholesterol, the affects of fish oil are not really playing a part in heart health. It is also found that if you are taking aspirin or blood thinners and fish oil, you may very easily bruise or have nosebleeds.

Rather than taking fish oil as a supplement, it is recommended that you actually eat fatty fish twice a week.

Steve Victor

Source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/fish-oil-claims-not-supported-by-research/

Heart-healthy tips for Valentine’s Day

From ConsumerReports.org comes some heart-healthy tips just in time for Valentine’s Day.

  1. Consider a home blood pressure monitor. If you already have high blood pressure, here are some tips to help lower it.
  2. Get the right cholesterol-lowering medication. Here are some tips for keeping your cholesterol in check.
  3. Know your heart age. You can use this online tool.
  4. Recognize a heart attack. Some things to watch for can be found here.
  5. Find a good heart surgeon. This would only apply if you already have heart disease. Best to be ready.