Omega-3 May Help People With Stents

Omega-3 May Help People With StentsThere may be good news coming out of Poland for the approximately one million men and nearly 500,000 women suffering from heart disease in the UK.

A recent study produced by researchers at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, has shown that taking omega-3 fatty acids alongside two blood-thinning drugs may help to dramatically reduce the risk of heart problems for patients with stents in their arms.

The study followed 54 patients at John Paul II Hospital in Krakow. Participants, which included 41 men and 13 women with an average age of 62.8, were given omega-3 in pill form and encouraged to increase their consumption of oily fish while also regularly taking both aspirin and clopidogrel.

Researchers found that patients who had taken the omega-3 had blood clots that were more susceptible to destruction than those who only took the two drugs. It is believed that the omega-3 caused clots to form with an altered structure that made them easier to disrupt.

According to the study's lead author, Dr Grzegorz Gajos: "Our study suggests that combined moderate anti-thrombotic and anti-platelet actions of omega-3, when added to those of other treatments, may improve outcomes for coronary artery disease patients".

The study was published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology,