For heart failure, fish oils are in and statins are out

For heart failure, fish oils are in and statins are out.

Fish oils modestly reduce mortality and hospitalizations in patients with systolic heart failure. One death is prevented for every 56 patients who add fish oils to their meds for four years.

The omega-3s in fish oils might have antiarrhythmic effects and help prevent sudden death. They might also reduce inflammation and other factors that exacerbate heart failure.

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