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Omega-3 supplements improve social function, reduce depression in HF patients

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“One of the important findings, which was uncovered many years ago and has stood the test of time, is that depression, like many other conventional risk factors such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and smoking, poses a two- to three-fold increased risk of major morbidity and mortality in cardiac patients, particularly heart failure patients,” he wrote in a commentary tied to Jiang et al.’s study.

O’Connor said cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacologic therapies using selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors can reduce depressive symptoms, but "these strategies are labor-intensive and often not practical in the broad patient population of heart failure.”

In their research, Jiang and colleagues found all omega-3 variables were significantly elevated in patients randomized to one of the two fish oil treatments. Patients treated with the placebo reported little change, and per-protocol exploratory analyses found scores of social functioning improved notably in those treated with omega-3s.

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