, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 79-87
Date: 31 Jan 2008

New approaches to therapy with omega-3 fatty acids

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Abstract

With greater focus on chronic disease prevention, renewed attention has been directed toward understanding the pathophysiology of various medical conditions and the development of newer medical treatments to prevent and treat complications. There has been immense interest in evaluating societal lifestyles, cultural attitudes toward health, and dietary influences on health conditions. The omega-3 fatty acids have become a focus of interest, and recent research and trial evidence have highlighted their effects, including potential clinical advantages. Despite this progress, the precise mechanisms through which omega-3 fatty acids act remain poorly understood. These agents are now recommended as secondary prevention after acute myocardial infarction, and ongoing large clinical trials should provide insight into the use of omega-3 fatty acids in heart failure and the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.