The Benefit of
Omega 3
Fatty Acid

And the Prevention
Of Congestive Heart Failure

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

A huge benefit of omega 3 fatty acid is its ability to lower the risk of congestive heart failure (CHF). CHF is a condition resulting from damage to the heart. The end result is that the heart becomes weakened and unable to adequately supply the body with blood. 

There are nearly half a million new cases of CHF each year in the US. 

One primary cause of CHF is myocardial infarction which is an irreversible injury to heart muscle such as during a heart attack. Myocardial infarction is most often caused by progressive atherosclerosis - blockage of the arteries. As return blood flow is reduced the heart is slowly starved of oxygen until it can no longer function properly. 

Whatever the underlying cause, congestive heart failure is a painful and deadly heart condition which must not be ignored. That is why we should take every precaution to prevent it. 

This page is about the well researched benefit of omega 3 fatty acid in the battle against this deadly condition.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 is found in some vegetative forms like flax seeds but is most strongly concentrated in the oils of cold-water fish. Much research has been done on the benefit of omega 3 fatty acid especially in the area of heart disease prevention and treatment. 

There is much evidence that omega-3 in fish oils help…

  • reduce myocardial workload
  • balance cholesterol
  • regulate heart rhythm
  • prevent blood platelets from sticking together…

… just to mention a few benefits. 

The benefit of omega 3 fatty acid is seen in its ability to reduce atherosclerosis buildup as well as help reverse the damage to analready damaged heart

If omega-3 can provide positive benefits to these underlying conditions then it can also work to prevent or lessen the symptoms of congestive heart failure. 

But…


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What About The Research?

As always we want to see what the research is revealing. To do so we will consider…

  • First: the relation of fish consumption and myocardial infarction.
  • Second: the effects of dietary supplementation with omega-3 and vitamin E for those who had previously survived a heart attack
The Benefit of Omega 3 Fatty Acid In Relation to Incidence of Myocardial Infarction

One research project on the topic of fish consumption combined data taken from several studies including…

  • the Chicago Western Electric Study
  • the Zutphen, Rotterdam and Swedish studies
  • the Study of U.S. Physicians
The goal of this research was to examine the benefit of omega 3 fatty acid in relation to fish consumption and the 30-year risk of death from coronary disease.

The participants of the study included 1,822 men between the ages of forty and fifty-five who were free of cardiovascular disease. 

For the first 10 years annual examinations were given. 

For the next 15 years the participants were mailed questionnaires and/or interviewed over the telephone. Death certificates were used to classify cause of death for each patient. 

During the 30-years follow up

  • there were a total of 430 deaths from cardiovascular disease
  • 293 of these were due to myocardial infarctions
  • 196 of these latter deaths were sudden and…
  • 94 were non-sudden
  • the remaining three could not be classified as either sudden or non-sudden
  • Almost all of the sudden deaths were caused by myocardial infarction.

Detailed dietary history was kept on each participant with daily fish consumption as the primary focus. 

Each participant was categorized into one of four groups detailed below:

  • The first group reportedly consumed no fish.
  • The second group consumed between 1 and 17 grams of fish per day.
  • The third group consumed 18 to 34 grams of fish per day.
  • The fourth group consumed more than 34 grams of fish per day.

Predictably the results demonstrated an inverse relationship between fish consumption and the occurrence of myocardial infarction. In particular… 

The participants who ate at least 35 grams of fish per day had a 42% lower death rate from heart attack compared to those who ate no fish at all

The findings of these combined studies were consistent with other data concerning the benefit of omega 3 fatty acid. In short, diets high in fish (rich in omega 3) demonstrate a reduced occurrence of death from coronary heart disease. 

But why is fish consumption so important to heart health? 

To focus a little more closely on the benefit of omega 3 fatty acid it is important to consider at least one study that isolated omega-3 intake via dietary supplements regardless of diet

The interesting thing about this study is that it was concerned with the effects of omega-3 and vitamin E supplementation on patients who had already experienced a heart attack.

The Benefit of Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplementation for Those Who Had Previously Survived a Heart Attack

The GISSI-Prevenzione trial, as it is known, hoped to establish any relationship that might exist between omega-3 and vitamin E as combined congestive heart failure treatments. 

It was a randomized trial involving 11,234 patients who had survived a heart attack within the previous three months at the time the study began. The participants were divided into four groups.

  • Group one received one gram of omega-3 supplements daily.
  • Group two received 300 mg of vitamin E every day.
  • Group three received both vitamin-E and omega-3
  • The control group received neither.

Each participant underwent clinical examinations with blood samples taken and were asked to fill out diet questionnaires at the outset of the experiment and at 6, 12, 18, thirty and 42 months. The data were analyzed using the following two methods.

  • A two-way analysis was made comparing omega-3 supplementing and no omega-3, as well as vitamin E intake compared to no vitamin E.
  • A four-way analysis was also conducted comparing the combination of omega-3 and vitamin E with omega-3 alone and vitamin E alone.

The effects of the combined supplements were also compared with the group that took no supplements. 

The benefit of omega 3 fatty acid was demonstrated in a14% decrease in death from any cause for the two-way analysis and a 20% drop in death rate for the four-way analysis. 

Concerning only death due to cardiovascular disease, the two-way analysis showed a 17% reduction of risk while the four-way analysis revealed a 30% decrease. 

Though vitamin E is known to be a powerful antioxidant, the group that supplemented with the combination of omega-3 and vitamin E showed no life-expectancy advantage over the group that supplemented with only the omega-3. 

The overall conclusion of the GISSI-Prevenzione trial was thatsupplementing with omega-3 provided long term benefits in lowering risk of death for patients who had experienced a myocardial infarction

The two studies above, and others like them, provide very significant proof of the benefit of omega 3 fatty acid for your heart health. Consider increasing your intake of omega-3 by eating cold-water oily fish such as salmon and tuna. 

Also consider taking a high quality omega-3 supplement to increase your protection against heart disease; especially congestive heart failure. It is a great way to get heart protecting omega-3 without the risk of pollutants.

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