Sioux Falls, SD—A study published in Circulation showed that fish oil did not increase perioperative bleeding in surgery patients, according to a press release from Omega Quant.
The analysis was conducted through the Omega-3 Fatty Acids for the Prevention of Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation study. Not only did it find that there was no effect of omega-3 treatment on post-operation atrial fibrillation, there was a significant reduction in the number of units of blood needed for transfusions. The higher the blood EPA and DHA level on the morning of surgery, the lower the risk for bleeding.
Researchers concluded that the findings support the need to reconsider current recommendations to stop fish oil prior to cardiac surgery.