If you’re a heart attack survivor, you might be out of the ICU. But you’re NOT out of the woods yet.
After a heart attack, the most crucial phase doesn’t begin in the hospital, where doctors are fighting to save your life. They have all the resources they need at their fingertips. It’s what happens next.
As scary as a heart attack is, most people survive the first one. But once you’ve had that heart attack, you’re more prone to having them again. And there’s no guarantee you’ll survive that next one.
But don’t panic. Because new research has revealed a simple step you can take that can help…
- SPEED heart repair
- PREVENT a return trip to the ER
- CUT the risk of death from heart problems
The secret lies in two essential fats that you need to get in the right forms and the right amounts. And I’m going to show you exactly how.
The fats you need after a heart attack
It’s no secret that we need omega-3 fatty acids to stay healthy. And like me, many folks take omega-3 supplements to make sure they’re getting enough of them.
Usually, it’s EPA and DHA from fish oil. EPA for the heart and DHA for the brain, right? (Studies show fish oil could help prevent 70,000 major heart events a year.)
But there’s another omega-3 that doesn’t get nearly as much attention. And that’s about to change. New research reveals that alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, can be just as critical to your cardiovascular health as EPA. And that’s especially true after the big scare of a heart attack.
Spanish researchers found that, overall, heart attack survivors with higher levels of this pair had a lower risk of further complications over three years. But they also found something else.
Both EPA and ALA work to support your heart health in their own unique ways. And each delivers its own set of benefits.
Higher levels of EPA appear to cut the risk of hospital readmission. While higher levels of ALA were linked to a lower risk of death over those three years.
EPA and ALA are the perfect pair to protect your heart
Researchers believe it’s because of the precise ways these omega-3s can act in an emergency.
When you have a heart attack, blood flow loss triggers a release of chemicals that damage heart muscle. This leads to scarring on the heart that puts you at risk of future attacks and other problems.
But your body can fight both the chemicals AND the inflammation if it has the right weapons.
It can convert the EPA and ALA omega-3 fatty acids into eicosanoids. The eicosanoids can then help block the inflammation and prevent much of the heart attack’s damage while protecting the heart’s membranes. That, in turn, leads to less scarring, which means lower risks.
And this isn’t the first time we’ve seen these connections hinted at. Previous research, including a breakthrough 2016 study, found heart attack survivors given fish oil have less scarring of the heart muscle and a greater ability to pump blood.
The best sources of EPA are cold-water fatty fish and fish oil supplements. While you can get ALA from nuts and seeds as well as flaxseed oil suppleme