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Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Cardioprotection: Not Just Another Fish Story?

Authors: Harold Bays, MD, FACP, FACE


Research studies support that consumption or administration of fish oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduces cardiovascular disease risk. The article by Lee et al describes the evidence leading to the conclusion that omega-3 fatty acids provide cardiovascular “protection.” In general, omega-3 fatty acids are safe. Lower dose omega-3 fatty acid administration may reduce sudden cardiac death, while higher doses are usually required for other clinically meaningful effects, such as triglyceride lowering. Through this article, clinicians can have a better understanding of the rationale behind the use of omega-3 fatty acids in their patients at risk for cardiovascular disease.

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