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Low-Dose Omega-3 Fatty Acids Don't Protect Heart Patients
Date:8/30/2010

worth further investigation."

Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, agreed.

"It is possible that improvements in other treatments for heart attack patients have made fish oil supplementation less important for reducing cardiovascular risk," he acknowledged. "But it's also possible that the different dosing used in this study relative to previous work made a difference in the outcome. The dosing here may have been just too low, whereas higher doses given immediately following an initial heart attack might have been protective."

"So I would say," Fonarow added, "that this is by no means the final word regarding omega-3s and cardiovascular health."

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For more on omega-3 fatty acids, visit the National Institutes of Health.

SOURCES: Murray A. Mittleman, M.D., Dr.PH, director, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., professor, cardiology, and associate chief, cardiology division, University of California, Los Angeles; Aug. 29, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine, online


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