Omega-3 And Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Omega-3 And Sudden Cardiac Arrest

By: Greg Post

Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) is responsible for numerous deaths in the U.S. and other countries around the world. It is not the same as a heart attack. A heart attack normally occurs when advanced atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries) slowly starves the heart causing irreversible damage. The heart finally cannot function properly and stops. Sudden cardiac death occurs when the electrical impulses that control heart function become erratic resulting in an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). When the arrhythmia is severe enough the heart suddenly stops, starving the brain of needed blood. Death often follows quickly unless emergency care is administered immediately. Often sudden cardiac death occurs when no other heart disease is detected.

It has long been understood that eating fish can reduce the likelihood of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. The reason? Fish, especially cold-water fatty fish, is high in two omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). These two fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3 has been shown to reduce the build-up of artery clogging atherosclerosis and keep blood platelets from sticking together thus reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

But more recent studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids also have an effect on the dangerous arrhythmias that can cause sudden cardiac death by regulating the impulses that control heart rhythm.

One study involved the use of mycocytes (cells that beat independently). By adding the free fatty acids to these cells arrhythmias were aborted. When the fatty acids were extracted from the mycocytes the arrhythmias would reoccur thus indicating that omega-3 fatty acids have a stabilizing effect on heart rhythm. The apparent mechanism for controlling rhythm involved cell ion channels, proteins that control the movement of sodium, calcium and potassium ions across the membrane of the cell.

Another study, conducted by Danish researchers, examined the relationship between heart rate variability and omega-3 fatty acids in healthy subjects. It had already been determined that heart arrhythmias could be positively impacted in patients who were recent heart attack victims. These researchers wanted to determine if people otherwise free of heart disease could gain the same arrhythmia controlling benefits from omega-3 fatty acids.

Sixty healthy adults were randomly divided into three groups. The first group received daily supplements containing 6.6 g of omega-3 (containing 3.0g EPA and 2.9g DHA). Group two received 2.0g of omega-3 (containing 0.9g EPA and 0.8g DHA). The remaining group received only an olive oil placebo. The supplements were given for 12 weeks. Before and after the supplements were consumed heart rate variability and blood cell fatty acids were measured. It was found that heart rate variability was favorably influenced by the amount of omega-3 consumed. In other words, the more omega-3 one consumed the higher the heart rate variability, especially in men with low heart rate variability before supplementing.

The researchers concluded that omega-3 fatty acids positively affected heart rate variability thus having a protective effect on heart function. These finding were similar to those of earlier studies showing that omega-3 positively affects heart rhythm in patients who had suffered a previous heart attack. Since sudden cardiac death is the result of erratic heart rhythm, omega-3's heart protective qualities show great promise in the fight against sudden cardiac arrest. The mechanical studies completed by these and other researchers seemed to confirm other studies that the oral ingestion of fish and fish oils provide prophylaxis for the prevention of fatal cardiac arrhythmias when taken regularly in small amounts. In simple terms, consuming fish and fish oil supplements can save lives.

For more information on Omega-3 and heart health use the links below:

http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/fishoils.html

http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/fish-oils.html

http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/cardiacarrest.html

About The Author

Greg holds degrees in science, divinity and philosophy and is currently an I.T. developer.

greg@optimal-heart-health.com

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Aaron 13.05.2011. 13:30

Which three fats are associated with the development of cardiovascular disease? Saturated Fat
Unsaturated Fat
Cholestrol
Trans Fat

Which fats from above are associated with the development of cardiovascular disease, in particular atherosclerosis? Explain.

Aaron

Admin 13.05.2011. 13:30

Cholesterol is an antioxidant in the body. Natural, unadulterated, saturated fats are actually good for us. They raise our "good" HDL cholesterol and the more protective "large, light and fluffy" form of LDL cholesterol. So overall, natural saturated fats improve our lipid profile. Unfortunately the typical cholesterol test is unable to distinguish between the more protective "large, light and fluffy" LDL and the more dangerous "small, dense" LDL, so many doctors just say all LDL is bad, which is incorrect. And they often incorrectly "estimate" your "small, dense" LDL, or VLDL. The "man-made" trans-fats lower our "good" HDL cholesterol, and cause inflammation in our body. Unsaturated fats always become rancid quicker than the saturated fats. Consuming rancid oils is not good for our bodies and causes inflammation. Inflammation leads to cardiovascular disease... and cancer.

The most dangerous fats in regards to cardiovascular disease are the highly refined oils/fats which are, or cause, trans-fats. Unrefined natural fats are healthy and good for us. The more highly refined it is, the worse it is. Man-made fats are bad for us. Fresh, normal, natural, unadulterated fats of all types are good for us and raise our "good" HDL cholesterol levels... including fresh saturated fats like organic butter from grass-fed dairy. This type of butter is also an excellent source of fresh, natural forms of omega-3 fatty acids which Americans desperately need to avoid a deficiency, and the resulting sudden cardiac arrest a severe deficiency can lead to.

EDIT: Your book probably expects you to say that Saturated Fats, Unsaturated Fat, and Trans Fat are all associated with cardiovascular disease. Although incorrect, it is unfortunately the most "politically correct" answer.

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Nebula 16.12.2008. 04:08

What are the benefits of fish oil? Like good for depression and stuff?

Nebula

Admin 16.12.2008. 04:08

Studies clearly suggest that supplementing diets with Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil- is good for prevention of heart disease/CAD; sudden death from cardiac arrest or heart attack; ; lowers the risks of dementia by preserving cognitive functioning. it may also ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. It can also help to lower high cholesterol.

The US National Institute of Health lists three conditions for which fish oil and other omega-3 sources are most highly recommended (Grade A scientific evidence): Hypertriglyceridemia, Secondary cardiovascular disease prevention and High blood pressure

It can keep one's moods on an even keel or balance esp in bipolar disorder and even in schizophrenia.

As to the correlation between Omega 3's and depression; it has this to say:

Omega 3?s and Mood & Mental Health
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Positively Impact Mental Health
Research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine suggests a significant correlation between levels of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and positive mental health.

The study included 106 healthy participants determined to be free of major depression or any other diagnosed mood disorders. Those who had the lowest levels of Omega-3?s were found to score higher on psychological evaluations for negative outlooks, symptoms of mild or moderate depression, and impulsivity. Impulsivity, in its more extreme form, is commonly known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Conversely, those with higher levels of Omega-3?s were found to have a more positive outlook and to be more agreeable, based upon the results of standardized tests.

While evidence from numerous prior studies has suggested a link between deficiencies in Omega-3?s and a number of serious psychological conditions (including, but not limited to, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD and substance abuse), the results of this study seem to indicate that increasing intake of these fatty acids could prove beneficial to everyone?s mental health.

Plasma fatty acids are associated with normative variation in mood, personality and behavior. Abstract #1411. Presented at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Denver, CO, March 1-4, 2006.


Fish Consumption and Depression

Dr. Joseph Hibbeln of the National Institutes of Health was quoted in a New York Times article as saying, ?In the last century, [Western] diets have radically changed and we eat grossly fewer omega-3 fatty acids now. We also know that rates of depression have radically increased by perhaps a hundred-fold." Links between fish consumption and neurological health may be supported by the results of global studies, which suggest "rates of major depression are markedly different across countries, depending upon how much fish is consumed in those countries."

Hibbeln, J.R.. "Fish consumption and major depression." The Lancet, 1998; 351: 1213.

Hibbeln, J.R.. "Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in depression and related conditions, in Phospholipid Spectrum Disorder." (Lancashire, England: Marius Press, 1999), pp. 195-210.


Stoll, Andrew L., et al. ?Omega 3 fatty acids in bipolar disorder.? Archives of General Psychiatry 56:407-12 (1999). Harvard Medical School

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shirley 28.03.2011. 01:51

What do i eat to lower cholesterol? Array

shirley

Admin 28.03.2011. 01:51

Anytime you have an omega-3 versus omega-6 fatty acid imbalance in your body, you will always have elevated cholesterol levels. These fatty acids should be in a one-to-one ratio in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. Omega-6 fatty acids are inflammatory. The American diet contains way too much of the omega-6 fatty acids and over ninety percent of the population are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for life and a severe imbalance or lack of omega-3 fatty acids can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Omega-3 fatty acids are removed from processed foods to keep them from becoming rancid in taste. Furthermore, the highly refined polyunsaturated vegetable and seed oils people use contain a very high level of omega-6 fatty acids. This will increase one's need for omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. Then there are the trans-fats that come in the form of margarine, "hydrogenated" oils and "partially hydrogenated" oils. These highly refined synthetic fats inhibit your body's ability to use omega-3 fatty acids when they are consumed.

Some foods to get your omega-3 fatty acids from include "wild caught" fish like salmon, walnuts (and other nuts), avocados, "cold pressed" 100% pure extra virgin olive oil, free-range or cage-free eggs, butter from grass-fed cows, milk from grass-fed cows, and meats from free-range, grass-fed animals like cattle, poultry, lamb, venison, buffalo, pork, etc. You could also supplement your diet with a "molecularly distilled" omega-3 DHA supplement three times a day. These supplements should be stored in the refrigerator, or freezer, to keep them from becoming rancid.

Also keep in mind that any sugar you eat or drink, or any carbohydrate you consume that turns to sugar in your body, will increase your triglycerides, your bad VLDL cholesterol, and decrease your good HDL cholesterol. So especially avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup and limit your cakes, pastries, breads, candies, fruit juices, highly refined sugary cereals, highly refined flour, etc. Choose the whole natural foods over the highly processed foods or fast-foods.

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senthilkumar k 07.05.2011. 18:30

My cholastral level is decreased hdl-35 &ldl113 I dont know why? Iam 50 years old

senthilkumar k

Admin 07.05.2011. 18:30

Man-made trans-fats, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other simple refined carbohydrates lower your "good" HDL cholesterol levels.

Any sugar you eat, or any carbohydrate you eat that turns to sugar in your body, will lower your "good" HDL cholesterol, increase your "bad" small dense VLDL cholesterol, and increase your triglycerides. Unrefined natural fats raise your "good" HDL cholesterol, saturated or not. Man-made trans-fats lower your "good" HDL cholesterol. Eat a lower-carbohydrate, higher "natural" fat diet. Any time you have an omega-3 versus omega-6 fatty acid imbalance in your body you will also have elevated cholesterol levels. We need a one-to-one ratio of these two fatty acids in our diets but Americans are getting way too much of the "pro-inflammatory" omega-6 fatty acids from these highly refined man-made oils and from the "grain-fed" meat products. The meat products should be grass-fed or free-range fed to create the proper amount of omega-3 fatty acids so people (the top of the food chain) can consume them in their diets. A severe omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Human beings cannot make these essential fatty acids so they must be consumed in the diet in the correct balance. A magnesium deficiency will elevate cholesterol levels. A vitamin D3 deficiency will elevate cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol is an antioxidant in the body. If you have surgery or a dental procedure, your cholesterol will temporarily skyrocket. Once the body heals itself, the high cholesterol comes down. Likewise, remove inflammatory foods such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, grains, and the highly refined man-made trans-fats and your high cholesterol will come down. Trans-fats come from "hydrogenated" oils, "partially hydrogenated" oils, margarine, the highly processed polyunsaturated vegetable and seed oils and other highly processed man-made fats. The more a highly refined vegetable oil is reused, the more trans-fats created. Man-made trans-fats are contrary to nature and wreck havoc in the body. If man made it, don't eat it.

The best oil to cook with is unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil. Use "cold-pressed" pure 100% extra virgin olive oil in your salads. Get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet from foods such as organic butter from grass-fed cows and free-range (or cage free) eggs. Taking a magnesium supplement and a vitamin D3 supplement each day wouldn't hurt either. These things will improve the "good" HDL.

Keep in mind that elevated cholesterol is not due to a statin deficiency.

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cashflaw 10.05.2011. 03:45

where can i buy yoga for heart disease? i have heart problems in my family, can anyone tell me where can i buy yoga dvd for heart disease

cashflaw

Admin 10.05.2011. 03:45

Yoga may relax you but it won't cure coronary artery disease. Heart disease is caused by the man-made trans-fats we eat. Trans-fats come from "hydrogenated" oils, "partially hydrogenated" oils, margarine, and the highly refined polyunsaturated vegetable and seed oils we use. The more these oils are reused, the more trans-fats created. Man-made trans-fats are contrary to nature and our bodies. Start using real butter and cook with unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil. Your body needs essential fatty acids to survive. A severe omega-3 fatty acid deficiency leads to sudden cardiac arrest.

Heart disease has become a multi-billion dollar business. It benefits researchers funded by the NIH and heart specialty corporations treating heart disease and most handsomely, drug companies.

No wonder no one wants to admit what the real research is showing. Dr. Edward Siguel, M.D. Ph.D, an award winning researcher, found a definite "correlation" between hydrogenated trans-fatty acids and heart disease. Furthermore, his study found that people with the lowest trans-fatty acids had the lowest heart disease.

The latest findings from Harvard researchers published in November, 1997, state, "it's not the level of or amount of fat intake that increases heart attacks and heart disease, but the type of fats consumed, especially trans fatty acids."

During the last twenty years, a substantial increase in the number of children and young adults having high 'cholesterol' and 'triglyceride' levels has been seen.

Research shows that "trans-fatty" acids produced from hydrogenating oils, elevate cholesterol and triglyceride levels *two-fold*.

The largest group of people developing heart disease is the 21-29 year old group. A dramatic increase of non-insulin diabetic disease has been seen in all age groups over the last 50 years. Even attention deficit disorder is being linked to these oils.

Your best bet is to eat natural foods that contain the essential fatty acids nature intended which are in the correct balance. Examples are "wild-caught" salmon (or other fish), free-range or cage-free eggs, organic butter from grass-fed dairy, real cheese from grass-fed dairy, free-range poultry, grass-fed lamb, free-range pork, wild venison, grass-fed buffalo, grass-fed beef, walnuts (and other nuts), organic peanut butter (non-hydrogenated), avocados, organic dark chocolate, "cold-pressed" pure 100% extra virgin olive oil, flaxseeds, etc. Avoid the highly refined man-made oils.

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Lizbeth 16.04.2011. 16:54

Which is more dangerous: high Cholesterol levels (LDL) or high Triglyceride levels? Array

Lizbeth

Admin 16.04.2011. 16:54

Harvard Medical School has confirmed that the best way of predicting coronary artery disease is by dividing your triglycerides by your "good" HDL. (TG/HDL) Triglycerides are more dangerous. Your TG/HDL ratio should equal one, or less than two. The Japanese, who have a very low incidence of coronary artery disease, average a 1.5 with this ratio.

When you look at this 2007 PDF of the GWTG study, you will also see that seventy-five percent of these coronary artery disease patients had LDL levels less than 130 mg/dL. Half of these patients hospitalized with CAD had LDL levels less than 100 mg/dL on admission. Less than a quarter of these patients had LDL levels greater than 130 mg/dL. (See Histogram of Admissions LDL Levels)
http://astute.cardiosource.com/2007/vposters/pdf/275_Fonarow.pdf

In regards to this large study, it appears that higher LDL is actually beneficial.

High LDL cholesterol protects against allergy. Only half as many people with high LDL die from cancer. Thus the high cancer mortality in those taking statins, which lower LDL.

Anytime you have an omega-3 versus omega-6 fatty acid imbalance in the body, you will always have elevated cholesterol levels which are usually in the form of triglycerides. It is the artificially created trans-fats that are the main cause of coronary artery disease. The human body uses these trans-fats as if they were "natural" fats but trans-fats inhibit our body's ability to use or utilize omega-3 fatty acids. And omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our life to exist as our body cannot make them. Not getting enough of, or not being able to use or process omega-3 fatty acids can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Too much sugar or simple carbohydrates also raise your triglycerides and lower the "good" HDL. Any sugar you eat, or any carbohydrate that you eat that turns to sugar in your body, will lower your "good" HDL, increase your triglycerides and the bad small, dense VLDL cholesterol.

EDIT: I really don't understand how anyone could attribute coronary artery disease as being simply due to dehydration when the first recorded heart attack didn't occur until 1878 in Britain. In the early 1900's Dr. Dudley White (referred to as the founder of cardiology) said that he wanted to find out more about the "new" disease reported in European medical literature, but he had to wait until 1921 before he met his first heart attack patient. So are we to assume that after 1921 the human race suddenly became too stupid to drink water??

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Nena 07.05.2011. 02:56

How to lower cholesterol? Array

Nena

Admin 07.05.2011. 02:56

Cholesterol is an antioxidant in the body. If you have surgery or a dental procedure, your cholesterol will temporarily skyrocket. Once the body heals itself, the high cholesterol comes down. Likewise, remove inflammatory foods such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, grains, and the highly refined man-made trans-fats and your high cholesterol will come down. Trans-fats come from "hydrogenated" oils, "partially hydrogenated" oils, margarine, the highly processed polyunsaturated vegetable and seed oils and other highly processed man-made fats. The more a highly refined vegetable oil is reused, the more trans-fats created. Man-made trans-fats are contrary to nature and wreck havoc in the body. If man made it, don't eat it.

Any sugar you eat, or any carbohydrate you eat that turns to sugar in your body, will lower your "good" HDL cholesterol, increase your "bad" small dense VLDL cholesterol, and increase your triglycerides. Natural fats raise your "good" HDL cholesterol, saturated or not. Man-made trans-fats lower your "good" HDL cholesterol. Eat a lower-carbohydrate, higher "natural" fat diet. Any time you have an omega-3 versus omega-6 fatty acid imbalance in your body you will also have elevated cholesterol levels. We need a one-to-one ratio of these two fatty acids in our diets but Americans are getting way too much of the "pro-inflammatory" omega-6 fatty acids from these highly refined man-made oils and from the "grain-fed" meat products. The meat products should be grass-fed or free-range fed to create the proper amount of omega-3 fatty acids so people (the top of the food chain) can consume them in their diets. A severe omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Human beings cannot make these essential fatty acids so they must be consumed in the diet in the correct balance. A magnesium deficiency will elevate cholesterol levels. A vitamin D3 deficiency will elevate cholesterol levels.

The best oil to cook with is unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil. Use "cold-pressed" pure 100% extra virgin olive oil in your salads. Get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet from foods such as organic butter from grass-fed cows and free-range (or cage free) eggs. Taking a magnesium supplement and a vitamin D3 supplement each day wouldn't hurt either.

Elevated cholesterol is not due to a statin deficiency.

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Aaron 10.05.2011. 17:20

What to do to lower my ratio CHOL/HDLC Ratio 8.3? My total cholesterol is 133 but my HDL is 16. I get my blood work done twice a year because of my thyroid and my HDL is always low. I have started exercising and it is still low. What can I do about it? I do have high triglycerides. I can get keep them down either.

Aaron

Admin 10.05.2011. 17:20

Natural unadulterated fats raise your good HDL cholesterol... saturated, or not. Doesn't look like you are getting ANY fats in your diet (unless it's all trans-fats?). Your body needs "essential fatty acids" from natural fats to survive. Simply getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet will lower your elevated triglycerides and increase your "good" HDL. Having a severe omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Avoid the highly refined man-made fats or man-made trans-fats. They are contrary to nature and wreck havoc in your body. You need to avoid the "hydrogenated" oils, "partially hydrogenated" oils, margarine, and the highly refined polyunsaturated vegetable and seed oils. They create trans-fats when heated. The more they are reused, the more trans-fats created. It is these man-made oils that are creating both coronary artery disease and type II diabetes.

Try to use either unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil or organic palm oil for cooking. Use organic butter from grass-fed dairy instead of margarine. Use "cold-pressed" pure 100% extra virgin olive oil in your salads. Get your good fats from "wild-caught" salmon (or other fish), cage-free or free-range eggs, organic butter from grass-fed dairy, real cheese (preferably from grass-fed dairy), organic whole milk from grass-fed dairy, organic peanut butter (non-hydrogenated), walnuts, avocados, flaxseeds, wild venison, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, free-range pork, grass-fed lamb or goat, etc.

Avoid all sugar, HFCS, refined flour, cakes, pies, breads, refined sugary cereals, soft drinks, candy, cookies, crackers, etc. They all raise your triglycerides and lower your "good" HDL cholesterol which is not good.

Taking a "molecularly distilled" omega-3 DHA supplement two or three times a day should also help. (Keep these supplements in the freezer). Omega-3 supplements will increase your "good" HDL and lower your triglycerides.

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manuel g 12.12.2006. 13:42

I dont have diabetes but have developed neuropathy ,what is it and what are the long term effects of it? Array

manuel g

Admin 12.12.2006. 13:42

People can develop neuropathy without having diabetes. A major cause that comes to mind is Pernicious Anemia. Has your doctor checked your Vitamin B12 levels? This is a rare form of B12 deficiency that must be corrected with injections. I would have your Folic Acid levels checked as well.

I would also assess thyroid levels. Some people experience neuropathy like symptoms when their levels are too low.

I would also evaluate you for Celiac antibodies. Some people with neurological disorders (including calcium deposits in the brain, epilepsy, and ataxia) turn out to have a sensitivity to gluten. This is worth screening for since the gluten free diet is 100% natural and should stop or at least improve symptoms.

Also, some people develop antibodies to their own nerves. This would be a case of autoimmune neuropathy.

Lastly, has you been screened for Type 2 diabetes to rule it out? Many people go for years without knowing they have it, until they develop secondary problems and the damage is done. Is your circulation poor as well?

There are many natural supplements that have actually be proven to show promise in treating neuropathy.

Benfotiamine (fat-soluable B1), Omega 3, and Alpha Lipoic Acid come to mind.

If you have peripheral neuropathy (arms and legs), be careful not to injure your feet and check them every night for cuts. They can become infected and you wouldn't know it, leading to amputation.

If you have autonomic neuropathy (which affects the heart, stomach etc.) this is a bit more dangerous. If you develop gastroparesis, you stomach will not empty properly. If it affects you heart, you can develop serious arrythmias or sudden cardiac arrest. You may eventually need a pacemaker if your case is severe. Luckily, this type seems to be rarer.

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Tee 08.04.2011. 03:58

What IS cardiac arrest? Array

Tee

Admin 08.04.2011. 03:58

It's what some people get when they don't get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. These fatty acids are essential for life. So cardiac arrest can be seen simply as sudden cardiac death. The heart ceases to beat or beat effectively enough to provide life. Be sure you get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.

EDIT: I can't believe an apparent "Paramedic" would claim that sudden cardiac arrest has "nothing to do with omega-3 fatty acids" in the diet. In America, 96,000 sudden cardiac deaths per year alone could be saved by taking omega-3 fatty acids.

http://www.medicinenet.com/omega-3_fatty_acids/article.htm

Let's not spread MORE misinformation please. People have been left confused long enough thanks mainly to the statin industry. Anytime you have an omega-3 versus omega-6 fatty acid imbalance in the body, you will always have elevated cholesterol levels. Over ninety percent of Americans are deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids due to it's commercial farming practices with grain feed and the highly refined polyunsaturated vegetable and seed oils. Furthermore, the highly processed foods often have the omega-3 fatty acids removed to keep their products from becoming rancid on store shelves. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for life. Omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids should be in a one-to-one ratio in the diet. This was the case prior to the 1940's before commercial farming and the abundant use of the highly refined polyunsaturated vegetable and seed oils which are deodorized rancid oils that are way too high in omega-6, which are inflammatory in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory.

http://www.insidershealth.com/article/omega_3_deficiency_responsible_for_more_than_96_000_deaths_each_year/3678

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