The American Heart Association says that's nice, but we need more proof in response to a report from Italy. The report says that fish oil supplements may help cut the risk of death in heart attack survivors.
A study of more than 11,000 heart attack survivors found those who took supplements had almost half the risk of dying in the months following their heart attack. The risk of sudden death, when the heart beats out of control, is higher in the first months after a heart attack.
Researchers believe fish oil may help regulate the heart's rhythm, keeping it from beating too fast. Even so, the American Heart Association says it will not recommend fish oil supplements until there is compelling evidence that benefit overall cardiovascular health. Instead, the A.H.A. suggests we make it a habit to eat fish twice a week.