Current Cardiology Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 371–378

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

  • Kaeng W. Lee
  • Ali Hamaad
  • Robert J. MacFadyen
  • Gregory Y. H. Lip
Article

Abstract

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.

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© Current science inc 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaeng W. Lee
  • Ali Hamaad
  • Robert J. MacFadyen
  • Gregory Y. H. Lip
    • 1
  1. 1.Haemostasis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Unit, University Department of MedicineCity HospitalBirminghamEngland

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