In Brief: Study finds that combining an antidepressant with an omega-3 supplement does not benefit people with heart disease and

Published: March, 2010

Depression and heart disease often go hand in hand. This suggests that these two health conditions may share common biological pathways and might respond to some of the same treatments. Omega-3 supplements provide one example of a therapy that has been tested both as a way to improve heart health and alleviate depression.

But a randomized controlled study that involved people with heart disease and major depression found that combining omega-3 supplements with antidepressants was not more effective than the antidepressants alone.

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