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Prescription Drug With Fish Oil Reduces Risk Of Heart Attack, Study Finds | NBC Nightly News

Prescription Drug With Fish Oil Reduces Risk Of Heart Attack, Study Finds | NBC Nightly News


HERE’S OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT, DR. JOHN TORRES. CORRESPONDENT, DR. JOHN TORRES.>>Reporter: AFTER DR. MARK>>Reporter: AFTER DR. MARK SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK MORE SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO, PREVENTING THAN 20 YEARS AGO, PREVENTING ANOTHER BECAME A PRIORITY. ANOTHER BECAME A PRIORITY.>>THE KEY TO LIFE, I MEAN.>>THE KEY TO LIFE, I MEAN. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A GOOD HEART, IF YOU DON’T HAVE A GOOD HEART, IT LIMITS YOUR WHOLE LIFESTYLE. IT LIMITS YOUR WHOLE LIFESTYLE.>>Reporter: NOW A NEW STUDY>>Reporter: NOW A NEW STUDY PRESENTED TODAY AT THE AMERICAN PRESENTED TODAY AT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL HEART ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL MEETING AND PUBLISHED IN THE MEETING AND PUBLISHED IN THE MEDICINE” IS FINDING THAT A MEDICINE” IS FINDING THAT A PRESCRIPTION DRUG MADE OF PURE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MADE OF PURE FISH OIL COULD SIGNIFICANTLY FISH OIL COULD SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE RISK OF A HEART REDUCE THE RISK OF A HEART ATTACK. ATTACK.>>I THINK IT’S THE BIGGEST>>I THINK IT’S THE BIGGEST DEVELOPMENT IN CARDIOVASCULAR DEVELOPMENT IN CARDIOVASCULAR PREVENTION SINCE STATINS. PREVENTION SINCE STATINS.>>Reporter: RESEARCHES LOOKED>>Reporter: RESEARCHES LOOKED AT MORE THAN 8,000 PATIENTS WHO AT MORE THAN 8,000 PATIENTS WHO HAD ELEVATED LEVELS TO-FAT IN HAD ELEVATED LEVELS TO-FAT IN THE BLOOD, TRIGLYCERIDES, AND THE BLOOD, TRIGLYCERIDES, AND WERE TAKING THE STATIN. WERE TAKING THE STATIN. THEY FOUND THOSE WHO TOOK FISH THEY FOUND THOSE WHO TOOK FISH OIL CALLED VASCEPA LOWERED THE OIL CALLED VASCEPA LOWERED THE RISK OF HAVING A CARDIOVASCULAR RISK OF HAVING A CARDIOVASCULAR EVENT BY 25%. EVENT BY 25%. THE RISK OF DEATH DROPPED 20%. THE RISK OF DEATH DROPPED 20%.>>I THINK THIS TRIAL AND ITS>>I THINK THIS TRIAL AND ITS FINDINGS HOPEFULLY WILL BE FINDINGS HOPEFULLY WILL BE IMMEDIATELY PRACTICE CHANGING IMMEDIATELY PRACTICE CHANGING AND USEFUL FOR PATIENTS. AND USEFUL FOR PATIENTS. BUT BEYOND THAT, I THINK WE’LL BUT BEYOND THAT, I THINK WE’LL SPAWN A WHOLE LINE OF SCIENTIFIC SPAWN A WHOLE LINE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TRYING TO FIGURE OUT RESEARCH TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW DID THIS DRUG WORK. HOW DID THIS DRUG WORK.>>Reporter: THE DRUG IS FDA>>Reporter: THE DRUG IS FDA APPROVED AND COSTS $278 A MONTH. APPROVED AND COSTS $278 A MONTH. SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE A LOW RISK SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE A LOW RISK OF INTERNAL BLEEDING. OF INTERNAL BLEEDING. BUT FOR DR. MARK, HE HAS MORE BUT FOR DR. MARK, HE HAS MORE PEACE OF MIND. PEACE OF MIND.>>HOPEFULLY IT WILL KEEP ME>>HOPEFULLY IT WILL KEEP ME GOING FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS. GOING FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS.>>DR. TORRES, IS THIS A FISH>>DR. TORRES, IS THIS A FISH OIL YOU CAN BUY IN THE VITAMIN OIL YOU CAN BUY IN THE VITAMIN AISLE OF A BODEGA OR A PHARMACY? AISLE OF A BODEGA OR A PHARMACY? 6 6>>NO, IT’S VERY DIFFERENT.>>NO, IT’S VERY DIFFERENT. THEY CONTAIN A DIFFERENT FORM OF

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