, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 371-378

Effects of dietary fat intake in sudden death: Reduction of death with omega-3 fatty acids

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Sudden death is one of the most common modes of death in those who survive a myocardial infarction. A recent study of 11,324 patients showed a marked decrease in risk of sudden cardiac death as well as a reduction in all-cause mortality in the post-myocardial infarction group taking a highly purified form of omega-3 fatty acids, added to the use of other secondary prevention drugs, including à-blockers and lipid-lowering therapy. There is now amounting evidence indicating that the clinical benefits of highly purified omega-3 fatty acids may be attributed to their antiarrhythmogenic properties. Evidence for this mechanism of benefit is reviewed here.