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Story Updated: May 10, 2013

Research has shown Omega-3s may be beneficial to patients who have a history of heart attack or heart failure.

Now, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at whether they may also help at-risk patients who have not had a heart attack. More than 12,000 adults with multiple cardiovascular risk factors were included. Half were randomly selected to take one capsule containing Omega 3 fatty acids daily and half received placebo. All were followed for an average of five years. By the end of the study, nearly 1500 of the participants had suffered a cardiac event including fatal heart attack, nonfatal heart attack and stroke or had been hospitalized or passed away from coronary heart disease. Of those, 733 had taken Omega-3s and 745 the placebo. Bottom line, according to the researchers, Omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the risk of death from heart disease or lower the number of hospital admissions for cardiovascular causes.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.

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