Omega-3 (Fish Oil) to Protect Dialysis Patients from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Omega-3 (Fish Oil) to Protect Dialysis Patients from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Researchers from Indiana University have found evidence that  Omega-3 (“long-chain n-3 fatty acids”)  may protect against sudden cardiac death, amongst dialysis patients.

The research published in the journal Kidney International looked at data from 100 sudden cardiac deaths and 300 ‘survivors’ who had all been through hemodialysis.

They found a significant positive relationship between Omega-3 use and the lowering of risk of sudden cardiac death.

One of the author’s, Allon N. Friedman, explained:

“We found that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of patients who were just starting hemodialysis were very strongly associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death over the first year of their treatment."

"The risk of sudden cardiac death in hemodialysis patients is highest during the first year of treatment. The annual rate of sudden cardiac death is about 6 to 7%, which may even exceed the rate in patients with heart failure.”

“This study is a first step toward identifying a possible treatment for sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients."

"Because omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from certain foods, such as fish oil, our findings also have important implications for the type of diet we recommend to patients on dialysis.”


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