April 10, 1997 in Nation/World

Heart Attack Less Likely On Fish Diet

Associated Press

Men who eat fish a couple of times a week are less likely to die of a heart attack, according to the longest study of the issue yet.

Over a 30-year period, men who ate eight ounces or more of fish each week ran a 44 percent lower risk of dying of a heart attack than men who ate none, Northwestern University researchers said.

The study was published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine.

At least eight other studies have found that people who eat fish are less likely to die of heart disease. Three other studies found no association.

The researchers analyzed data from the Chicago Western Electric Study, which followed 2,107 men employed at the Western Electric Co. The study began in 1957. The average worker was overweight, ate far too much fat and cholesterol, drank a lot, smoked and got little exercise.

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