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Eating fish can lower your risk of heart attack

The results of a new study add more weight to the idea that eating fish can be good for your heart. Findings from The Western Electric Study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggest that eating small amounts of fish is associated with a lower risk of heart attack.

The study, which began in 1957, looked at over 1800 men who were free of heart disease when the study began. During annual health examinations nutritionists obtained detailed information about the diets of the men. A review of the death certificates of the study participants showed that, in the next 30 years there were 430 deaths from coronary heart disease.

Results showed a 48 per cent reduction in the risk of heart attack death from coronary heart disease in the men who ate 35 grams of fish per day compared to the men who did not eat fish. When non-sudden deaths were included the reduction in risk was as high as 67 per cent.