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Research at Augustana College could help fight heart disease

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Studies have long shown people who eat a diet rich in omega-three fatty acids are less likely to die from heart attack or stroke, and some researchers at Augustana College are trying to find out why.

Mark Larson is an assistant biology professor at Augustana College.

He and his team of student researchers are looking at the relationship between the platelets in our blood and the omega-three acids.

Platelets make our blood clot, and Larson says the omega-threes appear to slow our platelets down.

"Maybe one of the reasons you don't die as quickly from a heart attack or stroke is because your platelets don't work as quickly as they would otherwise and if you don't activate your platelets as quickly, you don't clot as quickly and you maybe don't die as quickly if you have some sort of damage that could lead to a heart attack or stroke," Mark Larson says.

The research Larson and his students are doing could lead to new drugs to help fight cardiovascular disease.

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