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Effect of Omega-3 Acid Ethyl Esters on Left Ventricular Remodeling After Acute Myocardial Infarction Cleveland Clinic Wellness


Anyone who's bought a fixer-upper knows that remodeling can be stressful. But in the case of your heart, it can be catastrophic — or beneficial. How's that? After a heart attack, the heart muscle can change shape and size, or "remodel," either in a way that can lead to eventual heart failure or in a way that improves heart health. And a recent study suggests that high doses of fish oilcan tip the scales in the right direction — toward beneficial remodeling. More than 350 people who'd had a heart attack participated in the study; half took four grams of fish oil every day for six months, while the other half took a placebo. Those who took the fish oil were more likely to experience beneficial remodeling, have less scarring in healthy areas of the heart, and have fewer signs of inflammation. Talk with your cardiologist about incorporating fish oil into your regimen if you've had a recent heart attack. To prevent heart disease in the first place, reel in the whole fish — or buy it from your favorite fishmonger. Eating salmon or ocean trout (the only fish in North America with predictable DHA omega-3 levels) regularly, as part of a nourishing diet, has been linked to lower risk of both heart attack and heart failure.


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