Aspirin Can Help Your Heart. Omega-3s Might. But Together? Maybe Not.

Live Science | 11/20/2018 | Staff
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Eating one tuna sandwich might increase the risk of heart disease in people also taking aspirin, but eating three tuna sandwiches and taking aspirin … might not.

At least, that's according to new findings presented Nov. 10 at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions annual meeting. The findings have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Senior study author Dr. Robert Block, a cardiologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, stressed that the new findings should be interpreted with caution and need to be replicated in other studies before recommendations for aspirin intake are changed.

Block's research, which was unrelated to the VITAL study, set out to see what happened when people took the two compounds together. He noted, however, that taking daily, low-dose aspirin is also considered controversial by some. In particular, doctors are beginning to question the benefits of giving aspirin to people who have never had a heart attack, partly because it increases the person's risk of internal bleeding, he said.

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On the other hand, for someone who has already had a heart attack or stroke or has a diagnosed blood-vessel disease, there's "clear data" that low doses of aspirin can be beneficial, Block said. Those people still have an increased risk for bleeding, but the benefits of aspirin somewhat outweigh the risk, he said.

But that's before omega-3's come into the equation.

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Block and his team looked at the effects of omega-3s on heart health, but in their research, they also factored in aspirin use. In 2015, Block published a small study done on 30 participants, which looked at what happens in the blood when people take aspirin and fish oil together. The researchers had found that at moderate levels of omega-3s in the blood, this combination would affect platelets — cells that play an important role in blood...
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