Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Protect Heart
EPA, a Fatty Acid in Fish Oil, May Prevent Nonfatal Heart Problems
Curbing Heart Problems
The study appears in The Lancet, along with an editorial by Dariush
Mozaffarian, MD, MPH, DrPH, of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mozaffarian points out that the study didn't include a group taking an
inactive pill (placebo) along with their statins.
Still, the drop in nonfatal heart events in those taking EPA and statins
"should not necessarily be discounted," writes Mozaffarian.
He commends the Japanese researchers for their work and calls for further
Mozaffarian takes a back-to-basics approach to preventing heart problems.
For instance, he notes in his editorial that modest dietary changes are less
risky, less costly, and more accessible than drugs, invasive procedures, or
"We must curb our infatuation with downstream risk factors and
treatments, and focus on the fundamental risk factors for cardiovascular
disease: dietary habits, smoking, and physical activity," writes