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Eating Fish Instead of Taking Aspirin May Reduce Stroke Risk


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Eating Fish Instead of Taking Aspirin May Reduce Stroke Risk

BOSTON--A study appearing in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (285, (3):304-12, 2001) found that women who do not regularly use aspirin but consume high amounts of fish and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have a reduced risk for thrombotic infarction (blood clots leading to stroke).

In a prospective cohort study from the Nurses' Health Study, approximately 80,000 women aged 34 to 59 in 1980 were followed for 14 years. All were free of cardiovascular disease, cancer and had no histories of diabetes or hypercholesterolemia.

Women who consumed the most fish (five or more times per week) had a significantly lower risk for strokes than those who ate less fish. Researchers, led by Hiroyasu Iso, M.D., Ph.D., at Harvard Medical School, concluded that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish led to a reduced risk of stroke, particularly for women who do not take aspirin (a blood-thinning agent) regularly. For additional information, visit http://jama.ama-assn.org.

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