Going in for heart surgery is like going to Tijuana for the weekend.
You have no idea what’s going to happen… what condition you’ll be in when it’s over… or if you’ll even come back alive!
Now, the latest research reveals one simple step you can take to help you make it through in one piece, at least when it comes to your heart surgery. (You’re on your own if you’re headed to Mexico).
All you need to do is keep the fish oil handy!
Omega-3 fatty acids can slash the risk of the single most common — and often most deadly — complication of heart surgery.
It’s atrial fibrillation, a dangerous irregular heartbeat condition that can trigger a stroke.
There’s no GOOD time to have a stroke. Even if you’re in the best of health, it can leave you with crippling disability.
But right after a heart procedure? That’s a quick ticket to an early grave.
By taking fish oil, you can help make sure that ticket never gets punched, as the new review of 19 clinical trials finds that doses of up to 2 grams per day before open-heart surgery will slash the a-fib risk by nearly a quarter.
And as the old TV ads would say, BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
These same healthy supplements will help you bounce back from surgery faster.
That’s the real key, right? You don’t want to spend so much as five extra minutes inhaling the smell of old linoleum and industrial floor wash… and you’re certainly not sticking around for the food.
When you recover faster, you get out of that joint sooner… so much so that you could get back to the comfort of your own home an average of about a day and a half earlier.
The new study comes hot on the heels of research published over the winter that found plain old vitamin C tablets can cut the risk of atrial fibrillation after heart surgery by a stunning 73 percent.
And like fish oil, this ordinary vitamin can help you recover faster, so you spend less time in the hospital.
Obviously, the next step is to see if you can double up on the benefits by taking both.
But why wait for more research? You can get both right now easily enough, and they’re both plenty safe. Just be sure your doctor and surgeon sign off on the plan first, especially since fish oil can thin the blood.
Since they both pack pretty clear benefits, in most cases they should be able to work with you on this one.