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October 2, 2009

New study questions value of eating fish to reduce risk of heart failure

 European Society of Cardiology Press Release:

'No major role for fish' in the prevention of heart failure; only a possible beneficial effect in those with diabetes

The study is published on 30 September in the October issue of the European Journal of Heart Failure."Scientists and health authorities are increasingly persuaded that the intake of fish - even in small amounts - will protect against the risk of fatal myocardial infarction," said study investigator Dr Marianne Geleinjse from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. "However, there is no strong evidence that eating fish will protect against heart failure. One study has suggested that this might be so, but we could not confirm it in our cohort study of older Dutch people." 

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Results showed that the dietary intake of fish was not significantly related to heart failure incidence. . . .

Commenting on the public health implications of the study Dr Geleijnse said: "Many health authorities recommend two weekly servings of fish - particularly fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring - for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Based on our data we would not change this advice, even though fish intake was not associated with the development of heart failure in our cohort.  . . .

Read the full press release here

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