Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids like herring, salmon and halibut are often recommended by health care providers for their potential to reduce heart related health risks. A new study performed by researchers in Poland suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may be of great benefit to those who are currently dealing with heart problems as well.
Patients who have clogged arteries repaired with stents are generally prescribed blood thinning medication in order to prevent clotting at the site of the stent. Researchers in Poland recently conducted a study to determine the effect that adding omega-3 fatty acids to the traditional course of blood thinners might have.
Researchers concluded from their study that patients who consumed 1000 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids per day in addition to blood thinners produced less of the clotting agent thrombin. Researchers also found that the clots produced in those who were supplementing the traditional course of treatment with omega-3s were easier to disrupt or destroy.
If the results of this study can be replicated on a broader scale it could give doctors a safe and affordable way to reduce the risk of additional problems following stents being implanted. Consult your health care provider to determine if consuming more fish or supplementing omega-3 fatty acids may have benefits for you.