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New Research Proposes Fish Oil Derivative Might Benefit Heart Health

New numbers propose that a prescription drug known as Vascepa, a purified fish oil derivative, is more effectual at thwarting cardiovascular events than earlier considered. The drug reduced the rate of these incidents in high-risk patients—comprising heart attacks, strokes, and demises from cardiovascular causes—overall by 30% vs. placebo, as per a study issued in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

This is enhanced than earlier considered as the study authors looked at not merely the 1st cardiovascular events as earlier, but also 2nd, 3rd, 4th events, and so on. Previous findings were declared in September by Irish drugmaker Amarin Pharma and then in a research issued in the New England Journal of Medicine in November.

The scientists projected that by treating a thousand individuals for 5 Years, they can thwart 42 heart attacks, 76 coronary revascularizations, 16 hospitalizations owing to unstable angina, 12 demises associated with cardiovascular causes, and 14 strokes. Earlier, in 2012, the drug was authorized by the US FDA to lower a type of lipid, triglycerides, exceeding 500 mg/dL.

However, additional queries remain regarding how the drug functions actually. Experts say it is uncertain whether the drug thwarts cardiovascular events by functioning on triglycerides directly or whether they are an indicator for some other course taking place in our bodies. Or, probably, some mixture of the two. Also, few others said it would be premature to advise Vascepa at this moment.

Likewise, in individuals with a high threat for CV events in spite of taking statins, a 4-gram icosapent ethyl dose, a pharmaceutical-grade Ω-3 fatty acid, considerably slashed the occurrence of first, recurring, and total ischemic events, like strokes, myocardial infarctions, associated deaths, hospitalizations for unsteady angina, and processes for coronary artery disease, by 30%, as per data represented at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.