Study links healthy hearts to fatty fish

Thursday, March 1st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(San Antonio, Texas-AP) -- A new study shows older people who eat at least one serving of fatty fish like mackerel or salmon weekly are less likely to die from a heart attack.

Researchers from the University of Seattle in Washington presented the study yesterday in San Antonio. They found that patients who ate leaner fish, typically prepared by frying, didn't enjoy the same heart-health benefits.

The study was presented during the opening day of an American Heart Association conference on cardiovascular disease meeting in San Antonio through Saturday.

So-called fatty fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon have higher amounts of omega-three fatty acids than leaner fish like cod and snapper.

Omega-three fatty acids are believed to reduce the risk of irregular heartbeats that can trigger fatal heart attacks.