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How to survive your heart attack

Surviving the “golden hour” after a heart attack is only half the battle — because the fight for your life doesn’t end when you make it out of the ICU.

There’s a war to win, and you’re just getting started.

Today, I’m going to give you the most powerful weapon yet: a piece of armor for your heart so effective it could literally mean the difference between life and death.

You won’t hear about in the hospital. It won’t be on the discharge orders you’ll get when they spring you out.

And you certainly won’t hear about it from your doctor.

But you WILL hear about it from me.

Once you’re home, you need to start taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement ASAP — because the latest research finds that this simple, safe, and inexpensive natural therapy can protect your heart in those crucial early months of your recovery.

In the study, heart patients were given either 4 g of omega-3 fatty acids per day or a placebo starting within a month of their heart attack.

After six months, the folks who took the supplement had better, stronger hearts — and with less damage.

In fact, they had 5.6 percent LESS scarring in their heart muscle.

I can’t tell you how important this is. Scarring is what causes heart muscle to stiffen after a heart attack. The more scarring you have, the stiffer it gets — and the stiffer it gets, the harder it has to work to pump blood.

And that sets the stage for MORE heart problems in the not-too-distant future.

In addition, folks on fish oil also had a 5.8 percent reduction in left ventricular end-systolic volume index. In plain English, that’s one of the key measures docs look for to see how your recovery is going.

Obviously, you need this stuff. Start before a heart attack, and you might prevent one. But as the new study shows, you REALLY want to get aboard the Omega-3 Train after you’ve had one.

But before you start taking fish oil, there are two things you need to do.

First, make sure you’re getting actual omega-3 fatty acids and not just “fish oil,” because there’s a difference. Read the label carefully so you don’t get conned — because some fish oil supplements contain very low levels of the omega-3s you want.

And second, talk to your doc.

There’s nothing unsafe about the dose, and the folks in the study took their fish oil along with their meds and had no problems. But since fish oil can thin the blood, your doc needs to be on board with this.

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