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Story Updated: Sep 13, 2012

Some may call it a fish oil failure.

In brand new research, just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team from Greece analyzed the records of nearly 70-thousand patients involved in 20 previous studies. All of the participants had regularly taken omega-3 fatty acid supplements for their heart health benefits.

According to the data, more than 7,000 had passed away. Close to 4-thousand from cardiac death and more than 11-hundred of sudden death. They also tracked more than 18-hundred heart attacks and nearly 15-hundred strokes.

The researchers report the numbers show that omega-3s are not associated with a lower risk of these cardiovascular conditions or death in general.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of as a triglyceride-lowering agent, the recommendation of this group suggests that a daily dose isn't justified for most people as a structured intervention.

As always, talk to your doctor about what's right for you. I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV…with the news doctors are reading – health news for healthier living.

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